Water hampers search for trapped South Korean miners
December 12, 1996
Web posted at: 12:30 p.m. EST (1730 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Rescue workers waded through
water in near-freezing temperatures on Thursday searching for
11 miners trapped for nearly 36 hours after a roof collapsed
at a coal mine in eastern South Korea, police said.
The death toll from the collapse stood at four, "but
underground water is hampering our rescue efforts," a police
The roof collapsed about noon on Wednesday during blasting
operations at the mine in Taebaek, about 125 miles (200 km)
east of Seoul, in South Korea's main coal mining area of
Kangwon Province. The blasting operation opened a breach in
an underground lake, sending water streaming into the tunnel
as well as tons of rubble.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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