BEIJING (AP) -- China has pulled to safety the first three of about a dozen miners trapped underground for more than three days in a flooded coal mine pit.
A coal mine safety bureau official in central Hunan province who refused to give his name said the miners were lifted to the ground early Sunday in Leiyang city.
The official says flooding Wednesday trapped 16 miners underground. Eleven were confirmed alive on Saturday.
Xinhua News Agency says many of the remaining eight workers had suffered injuries and were receiving first aid treatment underground from medical personnel who had entered the pit with stretchers and equipment.
Xinhua says the flood in the coal mine occurred when 40 miners were working underground. Two dozen escaped.