onsdag 27. januar 2021

'I feel like I am reborn': rescued Chinese miners speak of ordeal

Two Chinese miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for two weeks have described their joy and relief at being free. Eleven men from a group of 22 were pulled out alive by rescue workers on Sunday after a mine blast on 10 January in east China’s Shandong province entombed them hundreds of metres underground. “I feel like I am reborn,” one of the miners, whose name was Du, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CGTN, as he spoke to reporters from his hospital bed. “We had no food to eat for the first nine days,” he added. “There are no words to describe the feeling [of being rescued]. So relieved.”

Du was part of a group of 11 miners who first managed to make contact with rescuers on 17 January by sending a note up a long shaft drilled into the rock. They were then sent food and medicine and phones to communicate.