4 Chinese miners rescued after 36 days underground

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Four Chinese miners who had been trapped underground for 36 days are now free in a dramatic rescue late Friday, according to China’s state-run media.

The men, who were extracted through two access tunnels rescue teams had drilled, are said to be in stable condition and were taken to a nearby hospital for an evaluation.

The mine collapsed back on Dec. 25 in China’s eastern Shandong province.

Thirteen people are still believed to be trapped; and, at least one miner was confirmed dead, according to reports. 14 in all have been rescued. The fate of those missing workers remains unknown.

China has had a long history of industrial accidents.

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