At least 12 gold miners trapped underground in China after an explosion are alive after a week

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At least 12 gold miners trapped hundreds of yards underground in China for more than a week have sent up a note warning that they are injured, surrounded by water and urgently need medicine. Rescuers heard knocking sounds on Sunday afternoon as they drilled through the mine’s shaft. “We are in urgent need of medicine, painkillers, medical tape, external anti-inflammatory drugs, and three people have high blood pressure,” the note read. “We wish the rescuers won’t stop so that we can still have hope. Thank you,” they also wrote. The writer of the note asked rescuers to send down some medication from his car, and warned that there was a large amount of underground water where the miners are trapped.

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Video showed rescuers sending food and drinks attached to a wire down a small opening to the miners. The hashtag “Qixia gold mine incident” was viewed 130 million times on popular social media site Weibo. Rescuers intend to drill multiple tunnels into the mine to vent air as well as deliver supplies and the mission is a race against time. The explosion badly damaged the communications system and exit ladder from the mine, which is owned by the Shandong Wucailong Investment Co. Ltd.