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Three trapped China miners rescued

Three miners have been rescued after spending two-and-a-half days trapped underground because of flooding in a coal mine that killed three of their colleagues, Chinese state media said.

They were lifted to safety from the mine in Guizhou province's Weng'an county early on Monday, Xinhua News Agency said. They have been taken to hospital in a stable condition. Three other miners remain missing.

The mine flooded at around 10pm on Friday, trapping nine miners. Rescuers on Sunday had been waiting for the water level to recede before entering the shaft.

Police have detained eight people in the ongoing investigation, Xinhua said.

China's mines have long been the world's deadliest. Safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years but regulations are often ignored and accidents are still common.

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