Polish rescuers bring workers out of collapsed mine
POLKOWICE, Poland (REUTERS) - Polish rescue workers tunnelled through collapsed rock to reach 19 workers trapped in a mine shaft and are now bringing them to the surface, a spokesman for the company operating the mine said.
The miners had become trapped about 600m underground at the Rudna copper mine in southern Poland, after a localised earth tremor late on Tuesday night caused a cave-in.
Mr Dariusz Wyborski, a spokesman for mine operator KGHM told reporters at the mine, near the settlement of Polkowice, that all 19 miners were alive.
"Rescuers managed to dig a hole through which the miners are coming out one by one," said Mr Wyborski. "It's hard to say what shape they are in. Right now medical check-ups are underway."