Trapped China miners ate paper, belt to
December 10, 2007
BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese miners trapped
underground for nearly six days by a tunnel collapse ate paper and chewed on a
boiled leather belt to stay alive, local media said on Monday.
were pulled out alive from the illegal iron and gold mine in northern China
early on Sunday, the Beijing News said, in a rare bit of good news from the
world's deadliest mines, after a tunnel collapsed last Monday.
we ate newspaper pages when we got hungry, then orange peel," the paper quoted
Wu Pengyong, a 33-year-old miner, as saying.
"Later we got really hungry.
I had a leather belt. I boiled it but it wouldn't cook. I divided this
half-cooked belt out with everyone to eat," Wu said.
The mine owner
delayed reporting the accident and tried launching his own rescue operation, the
Local authorities had also failed to disclose details of the
rescue to media, the paper said, and many journalists had been "obstructed in
different ways" from reporting at the site.
China has the world's
deadliest mining industry with thousands of miners dying in gas blasts,
collapses and floods every year. Scores die in rescue attempts launched by mine
bosses seeking to cover up accidents at illegally-run mines.
still hunting for the owner of a coal mine in northern Shanxi province where the
bodies of at least 105 people have been recovered after an explosion last
Wednesday, the Shanghai Daily said in a separate report.
already detained 33 coal mine managers and officials after they delayed
reporting the accident for five hours and tried to launch their own rescue
About 50 people with no rescue training were sent underground
to rescue trapped colleagues but never resurfaced, state media reported on
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