ELEVEN miners were rescued yesterday after being trapped underground for two weeks.
They were hauled to safety from 1,900ft down when an air ventilator shaft was finally cleared.
One was in an extremely weak physical condition and a further ten are unaccounted for.
The miners were trapped amid rising waters at the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province, China.
Rescuers had lowered food, medicine and other supplies through several lifeline shafts drilled into the rocks.
The explosion occurred in a ventilator shaft, causing a blockage that damaged the cable car used by the miners.
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Rescue expert Du Bingjian said debris from the blast was cleared, allowing the 11 to be saved.
Last month, 23 coal miners died after becoming stuck underground in the south eastern city of Chongqing.
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