Eleven miners rescued after being trapped underground for two weeks in China

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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.

Rescuers carry a miner who was trapped in a gold mine in China

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Rescuers carry a miner who was trapped in a gold mine in ChinaCredit: AP:Associated Press

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.

Miner being lifted from the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province

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Miner being lifted from the Hushan gold mine in Shandong provinceCredit: EPA
Miner carried out on a stretcher from 1,900ft underground

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Miner carried out on a stretcher from 1,900ft undergroundCredit: AFP or licensors

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.

Rescuers had lowered food and medicine through lifeline shafts drilled into the rocks

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Rescuers had lowered food and medicine through lifeline shafts drilled into the rocksCredit: Reuters
Crews saved eleven miners after a ventilator shaft was cleared

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Crews saved eleven miners after a ventilator shaft was clearedCredit: AFP
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