HONG KONG — Two weeks after an explosion left a bunch of miners trapped 2,000 toes under floor within the japanese Chinese language province of Shandong, no less than 11 had been discovered alive and lifted to the floor on Sunday, a vivid spot in a grueling rescue effort.

The primary rescued miner was dropped at the floor at about 11:13 a.m. Sunday, in accordance with officers in Yantai, a metropolis close to the small city the place the mine is situated. Rescue personnel applauded as he was dropped at the floor, in accordance with video broadcast by Xinhua, the state-run information company. The miner, sporting a protracted inexperienced coat together with his eyes wrapped in black material, was lifted into an ambulance and instantly taken to a hospital.

He was “extraordinarily weak,” the Yantai metropolis authorities mentioned on an official social media account.

Within the afternoon, rescuers continued bringing miners to the floor in teams of two or three. The later teams additionally wore eye coverings for cover after such a protracted interval with out daylight, however seemed to be in higher well being than the primary rescued miner and had been in a position to stroll with help.

China has among the world’s most harmful mines, and whereas specialists say situations have improved lately, disasters are nonetheless frequent. Coal mines, with noxious and explosive gases, are the deadliest. At least 16 people were killed in a coal mine in southwestern China in September and 23 more were killed at a coal mine in the same city, Chongqing, in December.

Gold mining, in contrast, is mostly safer however not with out dangers.

The Jan. 10 blast on the Hushan gold mine close to Yantai trapped 22 miners. On Jan. 17, rescue employees had been in a position to make contact by means of a slim, drilled channel. A be aware despatched up by the miners mentioned that 11 had been trapped in a single part, one in one other and 10 had been unaccounted for. 4 had been injured, and all had been affected by exhaustion within the moist and smoky tunnels.

“Hope that the rescue is not going to cease,” they wrote. “We now have hope, thanks!”

On Wednesday, one of the miners died of head injuries sustained within the explosion, the state information media reported.

Along with a number of holes bored to ship provides and seek for lacking miners, rescuers have begun drilling a shaft to rescue survivors. Work on the primary rescue shaft was anticipated to take no less than 15 days due to tons of rubble blocking the route, officers mentioned Thursday.

However on Sunday, officers mentioned that work on the rescue shaft had progressed a lot sooner than anticipated.

The primary miner who was rescued Sunday was in a separate tunnel from the opposite 10 identified to nonetheless be alive underground. That foremost group has been receiving meals, water, drugs, clothes and different provides by means of boreholes.