Cellphones come to rescue of trapped Chinese miners

BEIJING, Jan 31 (INP): Mobile technology played a key role in the rescue of four miners who were rescued after 36 days from an underground mine in eastern China’s Shandong province that had collapsed after an earthquake on Christmas Day last year.

The four were rescued on Friday. So far, 15 miners have been rescued out of 29 trapped. One is confirmed dead while 13 are still missing, Times of India reported on Sunday.

Rescuers could not reach the four miners who were trapped in a complicated structure within the mine although their whereabouts had been identified. The search party bored holes and sent the necessary things to keep them alive. As hopes dimmed, rescuers took videos of rescue operation using mobile phones and sent them down to the miners to keep their hopes alive. Hope is regarded as an essential ingredient to keep trapped people for long duration.

In turn, the trapped miners recorded their responses thanking the 1,000-strong rescue party using 60 different equipment. “Thank you all very much, I feel relieved and secure now,” one of them said in the video choking on his tears. Another said: “We will remember you all for ever”.

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