News ID: 279999
Published: 1152 GMT January 27, 2021

Rescued Chinese miners 'feel reborn' after harrowing ordeal

Rescued Chinese miners 'feel reborn' after harrowing ordeal
The surviving miner wore blindfold to protect the eyes after spending two weeks in darkness.

Two rescued Chinese miners have spoken of their ordeal while trapped underground for two weeks, with one saying he "feels reborn".

The men also described how they managed to make contact with rescuers by knocking on pipes, in their first comments since their dramatic rescue, according to BBC.

They were among 11 people pulled out alive after a January 10 blast in their gold mine in China's Shandong Province.

Speaking from his hospital bed, a miner identified as Du An told state media outlets: "When we heard the drills for the shaft nearing us, all of us stood up... we were too excited.

"There are no words to describe this feeling. I feel like I am reborn."

"We were trapped nearly 600m below ground, it was a daunting task," said another man, identified as Wang Kang. "We are so happy."

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