Chile mine rescue dwarfs others: World's Top 5 mine rescues

4. China: April 2010

One hundred and fifteen miners were pulled to the surface in Shanxi Province, China after eight days inside the Wangjialong mine, fighting rising flood waters. A hole was drilled to provide air for the men trapped below and the trapped workers had to pump the flood water out themselves in order for rescuers to reach them and pull them out of the mine. Some miners who tried to dig their way out actually complicated the rescue by filling the chamber where they were awaiting rescue with water. Only 115 of the 153 miners were saved.

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