Miracle: Miners Rescued in China After Eight Days

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More than 100 miners were miraculously rescued in China, Monday, after being trapped underground for eight days.

Emergency crews paddled through the dark, flooded mine with their hands -- eventually pulling 115 workers to safety.

"This is probably one of the most amazing rescues in the history of mining anywhere," said David Feickert, a coal mine safety adviser to the Chinese government.

Some of the miners said they survived by eating tree bark and drinking filthy water. Others tied themselves to the shaft's walls to keep from drowning while they slept.

"(A miner) showed us the sawdust from his pocket," rescue team leader Chen Yongsheng said. "He told me it was hard to chew."

Teams are now working to reach 38 others still in the Wangjialing mine.

Efforts to pump the flood mine have been ongoing since March 28 when the miners accidentally breach an old shaft filled with water while digging a tunnel.

There were no signs the miners were alive until a tapping noise on a metal pipe in the shaft was heard April 2.

"This morning, we wished for a miracle to happen again," said Liu Dezheng, a spokesman for the rescue operation. "Six hours later, miracles have really happened."

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