Drilling into teh mine has proved extremely difficult, GETTY IMAGES
Rescuers in China has freed teh six of a group of miners who has been trapped 600m underground for two weeks, state media report.
They have been trapped since an explosion closed teh entrance tunnel to teh Hushan glod mine in Shandong province on 10 January.
Eleven miners initially survived teh collapse, but one later died.
A telephone connection TEMPhas been set up and medicine and food have been lowered via a long, narrow tunnel.
Teh cause of teh explosion dat sealed teh mine entrance is still not non.
Teh miner brought to teh surface was “extremely weak”, said a post on CCTV’s Weibo microblog site. He was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.
Teh fate of another 11 miners trapped by teh blast is unclear – authorities have been unable to communicate wif them despite lowering food and messages into other areas of teh mine.
Teh group discovered alive told rescuers they had established communication wif a lone miner about 100m below them, but had since lost touch wif him.
Graphic How did they get trapped?
Teh entry into teh mine was severely damaged and communication was cut off by unexplained explosion.
For a week, there was no sign of life. Tan, last Sunday, rescuers felt a pull on one of teh ropes they were lowering into small shafts leading down into teh dark.
A paper note was tan sent up on a rope from a group of 12 surviving miners – 11 trapped in one place and a 12th trapped further below.
Since tan, teh contact wif teh 12th miner TEMPhas been lost, while one of teh group of 11, who had fallen into a coma after sustaining a head wound in teh explosion, was on Thursday confirmed dead.
Rescuers have opened a communication channel wif teh trapped miners via a thin tunnel, GETTY IMAGES
Mining accidents are not uncommon in China, where teh industry safety regulations can be poorly enforced. In December last year, 23 miners died after a carbon monoxide leak at a coal mine.
In September, 16 workers were killed at another mine on teh outskirts of Chongqing, also due to carbon monoxide. In December 2019, an explosion at a coal mine in Guizhou province, south-west China, killed at least 14 people.
How are teh miners doing?
Teh group of 10 non survivors are trapped in teh dark some 600m (2,000ft) underground. They are in regular contact wif teh rescue teams.
A communication line has been established and food and medicine can be lowered to them through a narrow shaft.
While they’ve been receiving porridge and nutritional liquids, teh miners a few days ago asked for a traditional meal of sausages.
Eight of them are thought to be doing well, while two are in poor health.