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5 Trapped Miners Rescued from Flooded Coalmine in Hebei
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All five miners who were trapped in a flooded coal mine in north China's Hebei Province have been rescued following a 30-hour rescue operation, said a local government source on Thursday.

The five miners are receiving treatment in hospital and none are in critical condition, said Su Xiaoqiang, an official with the Qinhuangdao City government.

The flood occurred at around 1:00 AM Wednesday in the Baoshan coal mine in Funing County of Qinhuangdao City, trapping five miners underground.

Rescuers pumped water from the mine for more than 30 hours and successfully saved the five trapped miners.

Investigators say the flood occurred in a worked-out section of the mine.

The mine, with an annual production capacity of 15,000 tons, is among those to be closed down by the end of this year, according to the provincial work safety administration.

(Xinhua News Agency August 25, 2006)

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