Search for Trapped Miners in China Stops

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The rescue mission at a flooded mine in China has ended.

Rescuers say they will not be able to reach the last of 33 workers still missing, despite being able to pull 115 miners out alive Monday.

Water coming from another tunnel has hindered rescue efforts and deadly gases in the mine are at dangerous levels.

Officials are still calling the earlier rescue a miracle.  The workers had been trapped underground for eight days.

Some of the survivors said they lived by eating sawdust and strapping themselves to the walls of shafts with their belts to avoid drowning while they slept.

The rescue operation went on for 10 days, after workers digging a tunnel on March 28 broke into an old shaft filled with water.

China's mining industry is considered the deadliest in the world. The State Administration of Coal Mine Safety reports that 2,631 coal miners were killed in accident-related deaths in China last year, lower than the 6,995 deaths in 2002, the most dangerous year on record.

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