Tense wait to save 17 Chinese coal miners buried after gas blast

By Sasha Selkirk, July 7, 2014

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A gas blast in a coal mine in Xinjiang on Saturday night has left 17 workers buried below ground.

The explosion occurred at 8:43 pm on Saturday. Only three workers have since been rescued whilst 17 are still trapped.

One of the lucky 3 to be rescued: Duan Xukang recovers in hospital in Fukang City

The rescuers are being forced to sit and wait for the mine to be made safe to enter before they can help. Nitrogen must be poured into the mine in order to dilute the gas concentration – a 24 hour process that was started yesterday morning.

Rescue team left helpless to help as they wait for permission to enter the mine

Read about another Chinese worker that was buried alive for two hours after a tunnel collapsed last month by clicking here.



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