New footage has been released showing the relief of four Chinese miners as they prepared to be
rescued after 36 days trapped underground.
Sitting in their collapsed mine before being lifted out, one by one, to the surface on Friday, the quartet were emotional as they expressed their gratitude to emergency services.
“Thank you all very much,” one of the miners sobbed.
“I feel relieved and secure now.”
Search teams had been in contact with the quartet since January 8, digging a tunnel to supply them with food, clothes, lamps and a mobile phone for filming.
A cave in at their gypsum mine in eastern Shandong province left the miners more than 200 metres underground.
Their eyes were covered with masks on emerging, and the four were taken to hospital but no serious injuries have been reported.
Their rescue brings to 15 the number of miners to have escaped with their lives after the disaster.
One miner is confirmed dead. The search continues for 13 more miners who remain missing.
The owner of the mine drowned himself shortly after the accident, the latest tragedy in China’s mining sector.