11 miners trapped underground for two weeks after an explosion at a gold mine in Shandong province in eastern China were rescued on Sunday.
The workers blocked by the blasted rock took about four hours to recover, after nearly two weeks of drilling from the surface to reach the people.
The first worker, who was in extremely weak condition, raised by the rescuers, was urgently taken to the hospital for treatment.
Currently, 633 people and 407 pieces of equipment are at the scene of the accident to carry out rescue operations.
A total of 22 miners were trapped about 600 meters underground on January 10 following an incident at a mine in Qixia, which is administratively subordinate to Yantai.
By Sunday, rescuers managed to establish contact with 10 miners. They are in good physical and psychological condition. Another is presumed dead.
Chinese mines are among the deadliest in the world. According to the National Mine Safety Administration, there were 573 mine deaths in 2020.