A dozen Chinese prospectors trapped thousands of feet underground for more than a week sent an urgent note that four were injured and the rest were in critical condition, according to reports.
“We urgently need painkillers, medical tape, external anti-inflammatory drugs, and three people have high blood pressure,” the note said.
It was not known if 10 other miners were still alive, according to Xinhua Nerus.
Twenty-two workers were detained about 2,000 feet below the surface after an explosion eight days ago near the city of Kishia in the eastern province of Shandong.
After days with no signs of life, rescuers heard knocks on Sunday afternoon as they drilled into the mine shaft.
“We want the rescuers not to stop so that we have hope. Thank you, ”he read the crumpled, water-contaminated note in pencil.
The writer asked rescuers to send medicine from his car and warned that there was a large amount of water where the miners were trapped.
Rescuers were later able to speak to some of the miners after cutting the phone line, officials said at a news conference Monday.
The hope of a miraculous rescue provoked an outpouring of sympathy and encouragement on social media.
The hashtag “Golden Incident in Qixia” has been viewed 130 million times on the popular social media site Weibo.
“I saw the note while watching the morning news and cried,” wrote a Weibo user. “I hope they will save the trapped workers as soon as possible.”
The leaders of the operation were detained after they did not report the accident for more than a day.
The mine was under construction during the explosion, which took place on January 10.
With Post wires