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Rescue teams free 23 Ukrainian miners

By Moscow correspondent Scott Bevan

Posted June 9, 2008 22:00:00

Emergency teams have rescued a total of 23 workers from a Ukrainian mine that was damaged in a gas explosion, but some are still trapped underground.

Thirty-seven miners were trapped when a massive explosion tore through the Karl Marx colliery in eastern Ukraine early Sunday.

More than 30 hours on, the country's deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov has announced that rescue teams have reached 21 of the workers.

Earlier, two other miners were rescued and brought to the surface.

The body of another was found under rubble.

The search for the missing 13 continues, and officials warn the process of raising the rescued 21 will be slow, because only two can be brought up at a time.

Tags: disasters-and-accidents, accidents, workplace-accidents, emergency-incidents, ukraine