Beijing: Twenty-two of the 26 miners
trapped in a flooded mine in northeast China`s Heilongjiang Province were rescued early Tuesday a week after the accident.
Xu Guangguo, vice governor of the province said rescuers are still searching for the three missing miners, Xinhua reported.
The miners were trapped when their mine was flooded
trapping them in different parts of the mine.
Rescuers reported earlier that they heard "knocking
sounds" from the Hengtai Coal Mine, located in the city of
The flooding occurred last Tuesday, when 45 miners were
working in a pit. Nineteen miners managed to escape.
The provincial government ordered the mine to stop
production in 2007. But the owner restarted production without
permission on August 16, according to the local work safety
The accident occurred after workers mistakenly drilled
into a neighbouring mine.