Workers rescued after explosion at east German mine

Two people were injured in an accident in the Teutschenthal mine in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt on Friday morning.

Workers rescued after explosion at east German mine
The Teutschenthal mine site in Saxony-Anhalt. Photo: DPA

One victim was seriously injured, the other slightly injured, said a police spokeswoman in Halle (Saale), near where the incident occurred in the Saalekreis district. Both have been taken to hospital.

Following an explosion in the mine, about 35 people were trapped underground at a depth of about 700 meters. 

The workers were able to escape to a so-called safety room, where they were supplied with oxygen, said a spokesman for the State Mining Office in Halle on Friday.

According to Halle police on Twitter, all people were rescued safely.

Emergency forces arrived to the site at around 9am, according to a spokeswoman. A large number of rescue workers, as well as the local fire brigade, showed up to the scene. 

The State Office for Geology and Mining was also there to offer assistance for the technically tricky rescue operation.

About 100 people work in the Teutschenthal mine, according to the company. Over the past 15 years, the mine, which was shut down in 1982, has been rebuilt. 

Today, mineral waste is dumped on 14 square kilometers of land. Previously, the mine had been used for potash salt extraction for around 80 years.


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Norwegian authorities tow stray cargo ship to safety

Norwegian maritime authorities said late Wednesday that they had begun towing a Dutch cargo ship that was drifting dangerously towards the coast after the crew were forced to abandon it.

Norwegian authorities tow stray cargo ship to safety
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The 12-man crew of the “Eemslift Hendrika” was rescued Monday in a challenging two-stage operation after they issued a distress call while steaming from Bremerhaven in Germany to the Norwegian port of Kolvereid.

The cargo ship was carrying several smaller vessels, and began to list after high winds and huge waves displaced some of its cargo.

The “Eemslift Hendrika” also suffered an engine failure and started drifting towards the Norwegian coastline.

WATCH: Norwegian Rescue services evacuated crew from ship adrift at sea 

Eight of its crew members were airlifted by helicopter from the cargo ship’s deck by Norwegian rescue services but the last four had to jump into
the water to be plucked from the sea.

Video images showed strong waves rocking the ship as it listed to the starboard (right) side.

Towing operations were due to have begun Thursday, but the ship deviated from its predicted trajectory and drifted even closer towards the coast,
prompting maritime authorities to rush into action.

“The tow is now attached,” the Norwegian Coastal Administration(Kystverket) said on its website late Wednesday. “The risk of grounding has
been averted.”

On Thursday, the “Eemslift Hendrika” was being towed slowly towards the Norwegian port of Alesund and Kystverket said “no particular challenges” had been encountered overnight.