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11 trapped miners rescued

Novoshakhtinsk (Russia), Oct. 29 (Reuters): Eleven Russian miners, trapped for nearly a week after a giant underground lake burst into their shaft in southern Russia, have been found alive and brought to the surface, local officials said today.

But a twelfth miner was dead and another was still missing in the coal mine. A Reuters reporter saw 11 exhausted miners, their faces pitch black and hair covered in grime, emerged from the shaft man after man — some wrapped in blankets, some on stretchers, and some smiling broadly and squinting in weak sunlight. Some walked unaided and waved as relatives cried out their names.

“It’s a mystery. They are actually in better shape than the ones we rescued days ago,” said Viktor Mogilevsky, a doctor with the rescue team. Thirty-three other miners were rescued on Saturday.

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