Miner rescued after 17 days underground

A Chinese miner has been rescued after spending 17 days buried underground following a mine flood.

AFP reports ten workers escaped and ten were killed in the Junyan No. 2 mine when it flooded May 2.

Rescuers are still searching for three other workers.

China has one of the worst mining safety records in the world, and some reports put the 2010 industry death toll at 2,433, which levels at around six workers per day.

But labour rights groups say fatalities are likely to be much higher than official records suggest.

Last year the Australian Government committed $5 million to increase coal safety in China under a mining partnership.

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