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And 19 trapped miners in a flooded mine in China's northeast Heilongjiang province were rescued on Tuesday. Let's take a look.
Nineteen miners were pulled out alive on Tuesday morning from a flooded mine in Boli County in China's northeast Heilongjiang province.
According to state-run media, the miners were trapped for seven days in an illegal coal mine.
The first six of the rescued miners expressed their gratitude when they emerged from the shaft in mine carts. Two of the 19 managed to walk with the support of rescuers, while others were carried on stretchers to ambulances.
The 19 miners—trapped in the highest spot in the mine—survived on dripping underground water for the past seven days.
Rescuers are still searching for another three missing miners.
Workers have pumped out more than 35 million gallons of water—lowering the water level by 120 feet.
According to local authorities, the mine is one of many that have been operating illegally.
The accident happened when miners accidentally drilled into a neighboring mine.