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Two miners were stranded almost 200 meters underground after part of the zinc mine where they worked collapsed on October 26 in Bonhwa, in the east of the country. The men, aged 62 and 56, lit a fire and built a plastic tent to keep warm. The miners survived by drinking water that dripped from the ceiling and eating instant coffee powder. agency Yonhap, the rescue operation began on Thursday when rescuers drilled a hole and inserted a small camera to find the miners.
They were eventually found sitting shoulder to shoulder to keep warm in a spacious chamber where several mine shafts. On the night of November 4, the miners were finally released from the rubble, they spent nine days in an underground trap.
Doctors reported that the rescued were in a stable condition and would soon fully recover.
South Korean President Yoon Seok Yeol called their rescue “truly miraculous.”
“Thank you and thank you again for returning safely from the crossroads of life and death,” — he wrote on Facebook.
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