23 miners rescued in northeastern China after blast kills 11

Rescuers work above ground at the site of a mine explosion in Benxi in northeastern China’s Liaoning province in this photo released by Xinhua News Agency. (Xinhua via AP)
Updated 06 June 2018

23 miners rescued in northeastern China after blast kills 11

BEIJING: Rescuers pulled 23 miners to safety after a blast at an iron mine in northeast China trapped them underground and killed 11 others, the government said Wednesday.
The search was continuing for two workers still missing after explosives that were being transported to a mine blew up near the entrance Tuesday afternoon in Benxi, a city in Liaoning province, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on its website.
The explosion damaged the mine shaft that was more than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) deep, trapping 25 workers who were underground. Eleven workers were killed instantly and 9 were injured.
The injured miners are now being treated in hospital, the ministry said. Five suffered severe injuries though none was in critical condition.
China’s mines were long the world’s deadliest, although steady improvements in regulations, safety training and equipment have reduced the toll. Liaoning province has seen its share of accidents, including a dust explosion in 2014 that killed 28 miners and injured 50.


Bodies recovered near Greek island after chopper crash

Updated 20 August 2019

Bodies recovered near Greek island after chopper crash

  • 2 Russian passengers and a Greek pilot were on board
  • Chopper hit powerlines knocking out island’s electricity supply

ATHENS: The bodies of three men were recovered near the Greek island of Poros on Tuesday after a private helicopter crashed through power cables and into the sea, state agency ANA said.
Coast Guard spokesman Nikos Lagadianos said a total of three people were believed to have been on board — a Greek pilot and two foreign passengers.
ANA said the two foreigners were Russian.
A local official had earlier said the crash knocked out power across the small island.
“There was a great flash and the helicopter’s fuel exploded,” deputy Poros mayor Yiorgos Koutouzis told state TV ERT.
“It hit power cables around a 100 meters (yards) from the sea,” he said, adding: “The island is now without electricity.”
The helicopter fell shortly after takeoff from Galata, the nearest coastal village on the mainland facing Poros, 170 kilometers (105 miles) southwest of Athens.
The coast guard said search crews, including six of its vessels, divers and a rescue helicopter, were examining the wreckage site.
Poros is a small picturesque island off the eastern coast of the Peloponnese that is popular with holidaymakers.