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Rescuers search for last miner after saving 15 in NW China

XI'AN, Aug. 17 — Rescuers pulled 15 miners out of a collapsed coal mine in northwest China's Shaanxi Province Friday, with the search for the last miner underway.

Most of the rescued miners suffered minor injuries and were sent to a local hospital, according to sources with the rescue headquarters.

They are all in a stable condition.

A total 96 miners were working underground when the roof of Ruifeng Coal Mine, in Fugu County, collapsed at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Eighty miners were lifted out of the mine after the accident, while 16 others were trapped underground.

Local authorities earlier said 18 people were trapped underground and made the correction Friday.

The mine is having equipment installed and has not yet obtained a production license from the authorities.

An investigation into the accident is underway. (PNA/Xinhua)

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