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Trapped Chinese coal miner rescued after 17 days

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02:53 PM May 20th, 2012

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May 20th, 2012 02:53 PM

BEIJING – A Chinese coal miner has been rescued after being trapped underground for 17 days by an underground flood that killed at least 10 others.

State television and the official Xinhua News Agency said rescuers brought 39-year-old Si Li out of the Junyuan No. 2 Coal Mine in the northeastern city of Hegang on Saturday. The reports Sunday said he was hospitalized in stable condition.

Xinhua said 28 miners were in the mine when it flooded May 2. Ten died, three are still missing and the rest escaped as the water rose or were rescued shortly after the disaster.

China Central Television said Si survived in part by eating straw bags used in the mine.

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