Two miners trapped for greater than 9 days in a collapsed zinc mine in southeastern South Korea walked out alive Friday, authorities mentioned, a miraculous ending to rescue efforts that when seemed bleak.
The pair had been caught in a vertical shaft about 190 meters underground at a zinc mine within the county of Bonghwa, 244 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for the reason that mine collapsed on Oct. 26.
This photograph supplied by fireplace authorities exhibits a miner being carried right into a hospital on Nov. 4, 2022 after being rescued from a collapsed mine 9 days after being trapped. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Rescue authorities mentioned the 2, each surnamed Park and aged 62 and 56, got here out at 11:03 p.m. after 221 hours underground. They’re in steady well being situation and have been despatched to a hospital.
Rescue employees started a seek for the 2 on Thursday by drilling a gap and inserting an endoscope in an effort to achieve the purpose the place the 2 males have been trapped, 190 meters underground.
“My father walked out of the tunnel on his personal two toes in good well being. It’s unbelievable,” Park Geun-hyung, a son of the 62-year-old miner mentioned.
Rescuers mentioned the miners have been believed to have pitched a tent with plastic and made a fireplace inside a tunnel to fend off chilly.
President Yoon Suk-yeol hailed their return.
“That is really miraculous,” Yoon mentioned in a Fb put up. “I’m grateful and grateful once more to them. My coronary heart is deeply touched.”
Yoon additionally praised the rescue employees.