China: Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground

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Ürümqui| A group of coal miners from the western province of Xinjiang, had an unbelievable surprise when the gallery they were excavating opened up on a section of an old mine, that was abandoned 17 years ago after an earthquake that caused some large sections of the tunnels to collapse. While they were exploring the galleries, they stumbled upon Cheung Wai, a 59-year old survivor from the 1997 accident, obviously in a rather bad shape. He was immediately taken to the hospital where a complete evaluation of his physical and mental states will be done over the next weeks.

The poor man had remained trapped underground with the bodies of 78 of his dead coworkers, after an earthquake of a magnitude of 7,8 hit the region and caused the wooden support structure of the mine to crumble and collapse. Somehow lucky in his misfortune, Mr. Cheung was saved by the fact that some ventilation duct still connected his underground prison to the surface, allowing him access to air that was  sufficiently pure to keep him alive.

He managed to survive thanks to an emergency stash of rice and water, stored in an underground depot, conceived especially for this kind of case. The man complemented his diet by catching and eating the countless rats that pullulate in the mine, as well as collecting large quantities of some sort of phosphorescent moss, which constituted his only source of vitamins. Even though he was suffering from great physical and mental stress, he managed to give proper burials to all of his comrades, spending almost a year in this great selfless act.

Mining accidents remain common in China despite growing measures by the government to reduce the problem, which killed more than 4000 miners a year at the beginning of the millenium. Over the last years, the authorities have been cracking down on many unregulated mining operations, which account for almost 80 percent of the country’s 16,000 mines. The closure of about 1,000 dangerous small mines last year helped to cut in half the average number of miners killed, to about six a day, in the first months of this year, according to governmental statistics.

The case of Mr. Cheung remains unique however, and constitutes a world record, according to  the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement, Guinness. The former record for surviving underground was of 142 days and was held by a british man named Geoff Smith. He had been voluntarily buried in the backyard of the Railway Inn, his favorite pub, with the intention of breaking the record.

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  1. nii ahene-La on May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm said:

    Extraordinary and heart-warming news…like coming from the dead.

    • TIMMY D on May 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm said:

      No Doubt!!!!

    • Gary on May 12, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

      I sure hope the poor man had some family to come back to as well.

    • Danny on May 13, 2014 at 11:09 am said:

      Yeah that guy is hence forth known as the manliest man to ever live. I dub thee sir Beast of total bad ass.

    • netbound59 on May 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm said:

      That’s REAL survival and puts to shame a TV Show ! People on television should feel pretty stupis !

    • magdalene on May 15, 2014 at 4:23 am said:

      how is the man now? God loves him very much.. i pray that God Himself will come to him and comfort his heart and just love him..uncle, Jesus loves u …and keep u. Jesus, saves him, Amen!

    • did he still have his time card ?

    • nICK Palica on May 16, 2014 at 8:09 am said:

      Wow….I cant even imagine what this man has went through…Words can never describe it..WOW…

    • joanne on May 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm said:

      This is bull dont belive it his teeth would be Rotten and why the hell would they be years of supply of food when they just work down the mines ??????????????

    • amber johnson on May 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm said:

      cuz if th mine were to collapse which it did but it wasn’t yrs but it prob was enough to help for a lil bit

    • kather hulbert on May 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm said:

      That man lived hell on earth I am so happy he is ok.

    • fady nagy on May 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm said:

      how they will explain the smart phone to him ?!

    • derek on May 18, 2014 at 2:52 am said:

      thats whats wrong with this country people believe this hahaha

    • Carl on May 18, 2014 at 3:36 am said:

      I hope he soon realizes that the mining company owes him 17 years of back pay.

    • John B on May 18, 2014 at 7:06 am said:

      Wow, poor guy… seriously so sad. This unfortunately as bad as it was shows us to really appreciate life and the moment right now that we have. Anything can happen and it can all suddenly be gone. Appreciate every moment, always love others, never give doubt as to loving and caring for another human being, no matter who, or what their situation is or are! We really must love and care for the other being, whether human, animal, bug, or tree! This is life, we need to realize how precious, fragile, sacred, and sincere life is, and how we should just please take care of each other and laugh, respect others, dont hesitate, or take a moment to think why or why not to like the other being or not, just love the other and always care for life and beyond! Namaste and one love everybody! One love! Always and forever cherish life and all approximations of it and beyond! Namaste and one love all! <3 Always love the other!

    • Claire20 on May 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm said:

      Agree with Joanna! Also why is his beard not longer

    • anita on May 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm said:

      What is God trying to prove here? I just don’t get it!

    • chris dismukes on May 19, 2014 at 12:26 am said:

      And I thought I was having a bad few years.

    • Darlene Foster on May 19, 2014 at 1:49 am said:

      Just think Jesus fed a multitude of 5000 people men and women and children, with two loafs of bread and a fish.

      Miracles happed all of the time.

    • Kenneth Stevens on May 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm said:

      God was on his side. What type of lighting did he have?

    • 17 YEARS OF OVERTIME

    • Eric on May 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm said:

      It’s rubbish, do you know how much rice (or any other supplies) it would take to sustain a man for 17 years? He’d be suffering rickets from vitamin d-deficiency due to lack of sunlight. His lungs would have ceased working years ago due to coal dust inhalation and damp related conditions (anyone who knows a coalminer will tell you they cough as much as they breathe.) Add to that the presence of methane (which would smother him – or blow him to pieces if he has a flame or metal cleats in his boots.). There’s the effects of disease from the rats & decaying corpses.

    • Duh!! on May 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm said:

      read the disclaimer on this website!! ALL stories are fictional (not real)

    • Natalie on May 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm said:

      This story is just fiction people. Read the disclaimer at the top of the page. The site is for satire. Just for fun. Gotta read the fine print!

    • Pamela Schemke on May 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm said:

      Carl, I don’t think the Union will get him 17 years of back pay. So bittrsweet.

    • Pat D on May 22, 2014 at 5:33 am said:

      At least he’s going to get a big pay check with all that overtime. Probably 40 yen after taxes.

    • Anthony on May 22, 2014 at 10:48 am said:

      Sucker! How could you possibly buy into this. Please, reassess anything you have ever thought reality.

    • stuy wilson on May 22, 2014 at 11:59 am said:

      Absolute legond..end of….stu

    • Benjamin on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm said:

      Magdalene – I don’t think god, nor Jesus love this man. They wouldn’t bury him with 78 of his friends, none which made it, to show love.

      This just shows that the will to survive is extraordinary, and that we’re quite capable of fantastic feats when we must.

    • Deeman853 on May 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm said:

      Now that’s a REAL man in my book! God must really love this man. I AM IMPRESSED!!!

    • Jason on May 23, 2014 at 5:18 am said:

      I don’t always get buried underground; but when I do, it’s for 17 years.

    • Alexandros Megalos on May 23, 2014 at 7:15 am said:

      Please give the man what ever he wants do not let him suffer any more. it is the right thing to do. let him live his life, I hope that he will be okay!!!!!!!!……..

    • McLovin_LoveMyHaterz on May 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm said:

      Did he still have his time card…?

    • George Greece on May 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm said:

      God love all the people.
      Jesus Christ let this man to suffer 17 years,
      because in this manner we can see how much God is helping people to live,
      if we want to live.

      This man survived with the help of God.
      God whith this way will give many many many love and life in Earth and to Heaven.

      God did not leave away from this man..
      God gave him power to live.

    • How are you people so ignorant to real news? Google his name. Sad that you just believe what you read. Morons.

    • OPlease on May 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm said:

      Bull…..

    • Tony on May 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm said:

      This is BS,who cut his hair and gave him a shave while he was down there?

    • Yeah-Right on June 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm said:

      To the people claiming “goddidit”: So he/she murdered all those miners and made this poor guy suffer for 17 years for the fun of it because he/she loves Cheung Wai, and now you praise him? If that is your god then I’d hate to see his/her demon/devil counterpart. Get real.

      This is a tragic survivor story, and that is that.

    • One thing is for sure.
      He will most likely never have to work again as this is 17 years overtime, 17 bonuses, 17 salary increases and then the company compensation. I wonder for how much will he sells his story????

  2. Source?

  3. Riley on May 9, 2014 at 12:17 am said:

    I agree, I need to see a source. I don’t believe its possible to survive in a collapsed mine for 17 years. From my research the rice he would have to eat would have to bee vacuum sealed and kept at 40 degrees F for it to last that long. I’m skeptical.

    • Rob H on May 9, 2014 at 1:28 am said:

      I’m all for a source, but there’s a difference between rice being palatable and rice being edible. I’m sure 17 year old rice isn’t great for you, but if that’s all you have it may be enough to keep you going

    • MWB on May 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm said:

      As the article states, rice wasn’t all he ate.

    • Aaron on May 10, 2014 at 2:29 am said:

      Adam, you do know the difference between China and Chile right?

    • Hardie on May 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm said:

      Good to know that mines in China stash enough non-perishables to last 17 years in random shafts, just in case?!?!

    • I’m very doubtful it is true, just don’t happen that was. There is more to the story than we are being told.

    • josh on May 11, 2014 at 10:03 am said:

      This article isn’t true…
      In fact none of the articles on this site are true… It’s a satire news site similar to ‘The Onion’.

      If you look along the latest news headlines for half a minute you’ll see headlines in the vein of “NSA used furbies to spy on homes” and “Scientists cure homosexuality’?

    • @Hardie, when you’re the only one alive to use the emergency stash of food, that is intended for a group of survivors, then yes there could be enough food to sustain you that long. Plus with your mobility limited to the space you can move around in, you don’t need to consume 2,000 calories to stay alive if your metabolism has slowed down. And lastly, many people still refuse to believe that Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids and the Statues of Easter Island were all created and moved by human hands JUST because we are so reliant on machine power that we can’t comprehend human beings possessing that kind of strength and will power. The human body is AMAZING when it is tested and JUST because YOU can comprehend it, doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

    • Chile, china, what’s the difference…

    • Perry Elizabeth on May 15, 2014 at 4:05 am said:

      It wasnt cooked rice… it was dry, and they have storage areas for supplies just like that. Dry rice and beans can keep for years.

  4. Marcus Alexander on May 9, 2014 at 12:31 am said:

    Whats the source for you to say source? Boring boring boring mind you saying “source” like a parrot saves you ever having to think for yourself , so you canlive by rote

    • Bilk on May 9, 2014 at 12:44 am said:

      Really? Questioning a rather sensational article and wanting proof IS thinking for yourself… I agree I want a source too… Although i have to say that 17 yrs ago landed this in the 90s, and I do beleive they had the technology to properly stash some emergency food, and we dont know for how long he ate the rice before eating rats…for all we know the first 3 weeks he ate the rice before eating delicious rats

    • -Wow- on May 9, 2014 at 2:01 am said:

      Questioning is thinking for yourself. Taking something as fact without a source would be the equivalent of a mindless parrot; you just sound like a defensive moron.

    • concerned223 on May 9, 2014 at 9:48 am said:

      Speaking of parrots look who decided to peck away at the keys, I believe that is your cue Marcus to quit the internet and spare us of what ever flows through your finger next.

    • Marlene on May 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm said:

      I see. If you saw it on the internet, that makes it so and anyone requesting a source is “boring”? Witness the dumbing down of society – now we can say we saw it here in action……

    • Kurt on May 10, 2014 at 2:17 am said:

      What’s your source on people asking for sources being parrot-like?

    • wtf? on May 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm said:

      Marcus, this is easily the dumbest thing I have ever read on the internet (not counting youtube comments).

      It is not a boring mind that wants more data – more *reliable* data – when fantastic claims are made.

      That is a curious mind. That is a mind with integrity. That is a mind that wants to learn the truth, and not just take the easy road of credulity.

    • foxhound on May 13, 2014 at 6:38 am said:

      You want the source… Here it is … aparrotwrotethis.com

  5. Bill on May 9, 2014 at 12:47 am said:

    And not for nothing an article link in the banner said russian scientists have found a “cure” for homosexuality…im not gay but thats pretty offensive my god…this is world news daily mind you…

    • Danny on May 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm said:

      I’m pretty sure, you could have made a shovel out of dead bodies bones, and dug your way out in 1 year.

    • Sotly Dervards on May 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm said:

      Danny, you have played entirely too many videogames.

    • Tim on May 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm said:

      If you are not gay, why are you offended? You do realize that you have to relate to something for it to be offensive to you. Gay people are getting tired of people like you who like to stick their nose in things that don’t concern them.

    • Tim, are “they”? If you are not gay (as the word “them” seems to indicate), who are you to speak for what WE are tired of or not. I am a white male but I am constantly offended by racism against non-white people and by misogeny. I am not sick of straight people finding homophobia offensive. I would sooner get tired of your attitude.

    • Oops. I misread and missed how you used “them”. The rest of what I said still stands.

    • havekippawilltravel on May 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm said:

      Tim, as one of the gay people you’re deciding to speak on behalf of, I personally have no objection at all to any sensible intelligent person being offended by homophobia………..or racism, or sexism/misogeny. What I do most definitely have an objection to is anyone presuming to speak on my behalf and without my express permission.
      By all means speak for yourself, but leave me to say what I am and am not getting tired of!
      Ben, you have my thanks and my express permission to speak sensibly on my behalf!!!!

    • foxhound on May 13, 2014 at 7:23 am said:

      Yea “cure for AIDS” would have been more appropriate. Being a Biological dead end has nothing to do with needing a cure. It just is what it is.

    • hahahhaha on May 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm said:

      ^^^^^^^^^^^. Biological Dead-end. hahahhaahah

  6. darrell on May 9, 2014 at 2:46 am said:

    I can’t belief he would have clothes on they would have rotted off.

    • nick on May 10, 2014 at 3:31 am said:

      … the article never said he was wearing clothes

    • Frank on May 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm said:

      The story is satire. The website is satire.

    • foxhound on May 13, 2014 at 6:43 am said:

      lets not forget he had like 70 something bodies worth of clothes down there. Thats a lot of outfits

    • GlobalInternetAwards on May 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm said:

      AHAHA^^^^^^ you sir i ask you to please step to the podium and accept your award for the WINNING of internets.

  7. 5threason on May 9, 2014 at 4:35 am said:

    and they said miracles didn’t happen any more. Yah, nothing but the power of yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyah!

    • pete on May 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm said:

      1. “He managed to survive thanks to an emergency stash of rice and water, stored in an underground depot, conceived especially for this kind of case. ” strong miricle
      2. they never mentioned religion
      3. the article is made up. Its a satire website.

  8. krinderhagen on May 9, 2014 at 4:59 am said:

    Definitely a legend! i have little to say for rescue of the 1997 mine collapse bring to question how long the 78 had survived Cheung Wai,is definitely a legend CONGRATULATIONS Right-On

    • Azimi on May 11, 2014 at 6:51 am said:

      The article just said about stashed water, how much water they stashed for 17 years? and without water just the delicious rats can’t be enough. I do not believe it at all.

  9. Dave on May 9, 2014 at 5:54 am said:

    At least he kept his hair clipped; And who needs water… to shave. Lol

    • EruditeMan on May 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm said:

      I suspect the photographic image of this miner was taken shortly after he had a shower or bath and was given haircut and shave. I wonder how he managed to keep himself warm since underground temperature is normally about 50-55F degrees. Although this temp may be survivable I doubt it’s comfortable for long-term living (oops! existing).

  10. Christine on May 9, 2014 at 8:03 am said:

    He should be compensated for his life by the Chinese government for Been stuck underground for 17yrs

  11. Keenan Reese on May 9, 2014 at 11:17 am said:

    I’m pretty sure child support enforcement felt the same way about my disappearance of 25 years. Except for the fact I was hiding in plain sight.

    • Becky on May 12, 2014 at 2:57 am said:

      You do realize that there are laws now, that can make you pay back payments on child support, that you didnt pay, even if your kids are grown now and past the legal age. Yeah, a friend’s husband went years and didnt pay, and thought because the kids were over 18 now, that he’d gotten away with screwing his ex AND his kids out of what he owed them. But he was forced to back up and pay every single penny. Why would anybody WANT to shirk their responsibilities to their children? And then gloat about it? If you don’t want kids, keep your zipper closed, but if you DO help conceive them, then take the responsibility of helping raise them!

    • foxhound on May 13, 2014 at 6:53 am said:

      I actually know someone close that just settled like he was paying off a debt…. he offered like 2k even though he owed over ten… he said he wouldn’t give a dime more if they didn’t accept it as is..being that the kids were grown and he was older they accepted his offer and cleared the debt. So good sir you may be in luck!!

    • shutupbecky on May 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm said:

      Shut up Becky get a job

  12. Lisa on May 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm said:

    If rats were getting in, certainly there was some way out. I would like to see a source too.

    • Rats are considerably smaller than human beings and are able to fit in places that people cannot.

  13. Smith on May 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm said:

    Did he eat the rice, rats and moss raw? What was his fire source? Did he have lights for 17 years? How did he cut his hair & shave?

  14. liv on May 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm said:

    why is his hair freshly cut?

    • stealfish on May 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm said:

      it wasnt freshly cut … his hair didnt grow in the dark … … “doh”

  15. ziglar on May 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm said:

    17 yars. hmm… quote [ was saved by the fact that some ventilation duct still connected his underground prison to the surface, allowing him access to air that was sufficiently pure to keep him alive.] quote
    Man is made to survive and strugle to do this and escape from any disaster.

    Hard to belive this. In 17 years wiht bare hands and he dig to surface some how.
    Maybe he have tools or somting , or forece his minde to finde a way to escepe. But 17 years si way to long. And that is not a news to read in some sort of site , is world news for all of us!

    unbelievable ? yes! I doubt that would be true

    • HateStupidPeople on May 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm said:

      I don’t think our friend ziglar read all the article.

      Ziglar, he did not dig himself out: a team of new miners dug him out without realizing it. Go read the article again before posting other useless comments. If you read everything on the internet like you did here, no wonder you’re a doubter.

  16. Ken on May 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm said:

    He’s a miner. He could have mine his way out with all the tools he had.

    • swampass on May 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm said:

      Every Word Is 100% True,,The Fine Print Reads..And I AM Not Lying This Time! So There..His Teeth Are Clean Because Miners Have Pick Axes.Did He Have Sex To Pass The Time? Does It Count If He Was Alone? I Bet He Ate The Dead Bodies..Waste Not Want Not!

  17. HateStupidPeople on May 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm said:

    And which country would that be Timmy boy? I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the internet is world wide. So, with that said, is it the world that is falling apart, or is it just you? If it’s you, I’d suggest you stop hitting your head with the car door. And hey, if you don’t have a car, try the anus of a camel.

    • what?????????? on May 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm said:

      It is actually. *You’re head with the car door, sir.

      His name clearly is not Timmy boy

      I think you may need to re-read his comment again.

    • @what???? Actually, you’re wrong…it is “your head”. It is not “you are head” or “you were head”, hence the word is “your” showing ownership.

    • haha on May 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm said:

      hilarious that you incorrectly tried to correct somebody’s grammar and got it wrong so spectacularly.

      Well done IHateStupid people for the correct explanation.

  18. Joe SHamosh on May 10, 2014 at 2:27 am said:

    http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/disclaimer/ enjoy that page people lol….

  19. andrea on May 10, 2014 at 2:55 am said:

    how do you know for sure it was 17 days, and not 17 years, as the article says?

  20. Holy shit!!!! thats insane!! poor poor man! thats so heartbreaking and yet so amazing that he survived in such crazy circumstance!!! wow! im still so shocked! thanks for sharing the story

  21. ellalouisa on May 10, 2014 at 3:41 am said:

    This is no doubt heartwarming news and I’m very glad he’s alive..but didn’t anyone immediately picture Gollum when they read the headline?

  22. Manx on May 10, 2014 at 3:49 am said:

    If you even question this might be true, consider the source…this site!
    This site, out of Israel will even tell you that their articles are made up….What do you expect from a site that clearly states it is part of New World Order Publishing….

  23. Manx on May 10, 2014 at 3:50 am said:

    Exactly…….

  24. Kenny Koala Evans on May 10, 2014 at 4:04 am said:

    I’ve got all the proof I need, the picture is of a happy old Asian man with his eyes closed…what more do you need?

  25. Harry on May 10, 2014 at 5:26 am said:

    He shattered the world record. what a champ

    • Azimi on May 11, 2014 at 7:02 am said:

      but you know, I noticed his teeth so healthy. how long will your teeth last with not brushing and cleaning for 17 years+ eating those stinky rats. lol

  26. Fred on May 10, 2014 at 8:45 am said:

    Mr. Cheing Wai now carries a shovel with him at all times.

  27. Fred on May 10, 2014 at 8:48 am said:

    His dentist was also found alive, and given high marks for the fillings he had created for Mr. Cheing Wai, from the gold they had both mined while burred for 17 years.

  28. Fred on May 10, 2014 at 8:50 am said:

    PITA has expressed outrage at the incident treatment of rats, saying Mr. Cheing Wai should have sacrificed arms and legs to feed the rats.

    Mr. Cheing Wai also express great anger at his wife who encouraged him to go to work that day even though he wasn’t feeling well.

  29. kenny on May 10, 2014 at 8:57 am said:

    Take that Jesus!

  30. Fred on May 10, 2014 at 9:03 am said:

    Mr. Cheing Wai has stated he will dedicate the rest of his life to Rights for Rats. He expressed great sorrow for having to eat many of the rats that had befriended him over the years.

  31. kenny on May 10, 2014 at 9:18 am said:

    Bet Geoff SMith is pretty pissed off

  32. David Hayward (nakedpastor) on May 10, 2014 at 9:54 am said:

    Reading this story and the ensuing comments has MADE my Saturday morning! It might even inspire a cartoon. Thanks all!

  33. Frank on May 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm said:

    People believe EVERYTHING. Look at the top of the page and click “disclaimer.” The whole website is satire, this is not a true story.

  34. YOU PEOPLE!!! on May 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm said:

    I just don’t understand how YOU PEOPLE get on these sites and start arguments!!! I mean seriously, if you are so interested in having a confrontation, go to a bar and hit on the cute blonde with the tool of a boyfriend at the end of the bar!!! GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!! If this really did happen, it’s great that he made it and we should all just see it for what it is, the will to survive! If it did not happen, then what the hell does it really matter? The argument about the article has even faded and now you are talking about gay rights and racism!!!
    My advice for all of you is GET A LIFE!!! Go out and INTERACT with actual people… Leave the laptops, tablets and smart phones at the house and DO SOMETHING!!!
    **STOP THE SQUABBELING OVER NOTHING***

    • kettle on May 13, 2014 at 4:31 am said:

      Advice to get a life after reading over 50 posts and making a comment that will probably start a squabble. Hello kettle I’m pot.

  35. mike on May 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm said:

    Sad to see people argue for nothing .. if you are not part of the solution you are the problem

  36. J. Richards on May 10, 2014 at 10:22 pm said:

    World News Report is a satirical news report like the Onion. Here’s your source, much like a sign: http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2014/05/08/was-a-miner-really-found-alive-after-17-years-underground.htm

  37. cant believe…

  38. Corinne Dand on May 11, 2014 at 12:34 am said:

    This man would have survived the era of Mao Tse Tung and would know hoe to survive on basically nothing.

  39. john5651 on May 11, 2014 at 1:37 am said:

    pretty incredible if it’s true but i find it kind of hard to believe he could have survived that long in a dark mine. you’d think in 17 years he could have dug his way out.

  40. Haiyan Brito on May 11, 2014 at 1:43 am said:

    The news said that there was a stock. of rice for that situation,meaning it was package with pots and pans,lighters or matches etc…the so called emergency stuffs.to check if it is true,find the survivor for yourselves and interview him personally…I think he will not lie.

  41. clement on May 11, 2014 at 2:50 am said:

    Unbelievable determination, selfless service and resigning to ultimate power of God.

    • Nope on May 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm said:

      You do realize most Chinese people do not believe in God; they worship Buddha.

    • jester on May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm said:

      Really?! According to the CIA World Factbook, while Buddhists are the largest slice of that part of the population who acknowledge some sort of deity or worshipful being, most people (i.e more than half) in China don’t affiliate with any. The CIA stats are:
      “Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion < .1%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% (includes Daoist (Taoist)), unaffiliated 52.2%"
      (source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html, checked today)

    • Aaron on May 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm said:

      Yeah….The power of god to be a total bastard. Trap you underground for 17 years while you have to bury 78 people. Eating rats and rice.

      There is no god here. Only the power of man. I am sick of people diminishing man in favor of some absent all powerful dick head.

    • xyzcc on May 25, 2014 at 10:53 am said:

      SO GOD WAS SO SADISTIC AND LET ALL THAT HAPPEN TO POOR MAN. MAKES TOTAL SENSE, RETARD, MAKES TOTAL SENSE….

  42. no rats in a coal minr. maybe in a cheese mine….

  43. gollum

  44. Spiral on May 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm said:

    This is BS. Finding out is as simple as looking the record up in Guinness. It’s not there. It’s as simple as that.

  45. havekippawilltravel on May 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm said:

    For goodness sake at least look at the sort of site you’re reading people! This is a satyrical site that doesn’t claim to be publishing truth…………in other words its a joke!
    Use the intelligence you were presumably born with or else go read the Daily Mail where you’ll be right at home.
    What a waste of energy is displayed on this page. How sad.

  46. Junney on May 12, 2014 at 1:16 am said:

    They need to make a movie from this story for the world to see!

    • jester on May 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm said:

      Maybe they could make a movie about how the number of gullible fools who believed this clearly made up story broke the Guinness World Record for the number of gullible fools who believed a made up story?

  47. k1k1r1 on May 12, 2014 at 5:28 am said:

    rice and water that lasted 17 years? hmmm…

    • LEJ20 on May 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm said:

      I agree, I don’t think this can be true, he wouldn’t be able to live of that kind of food for 17 years. Even if it is possible for him to live on rice, rats and foliage. He would be deeply depressed and stressed, lonely and riddled with all kinds of mental issues, he would go mad being on his own in dark conditions. The other thing no one has mentioned, what did he do for light!? batteries won’t last 17 years (even Duracell) and if there was natural light, then he could have found a way out!? What did he do for drink? The water down in the caves would be filled with harmful minerals. His eyes would be messed up as soon as he got out the cave, his skin would be pale, his teeth would be rotten. He would have turned to skin and bones. Rubbish in my opinion, theres not enough circulation around this to suggest it’s true either, it would be on world news if it were true.

  48. Mthembo Elijah on May 12, 2014 at 7:44 am said:

    It appears our fools days are different.We tell such stories on 1April.

  49. i want to believe this is A reaL miracle story, but his teeth in the photo ??????? come on 17 years in a mine on rice and rats surely they would of decayed or discolored to the point of sut.

  50. Danny Adams on May 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm said:

    He Never Buried them Men……. he Ate them

  51. ryan on May 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:

    Who cut his hair?? Why are his teeth not in such a bad state for someone his age? Be serious people just look at him, does he look like hes been in a cave for 17 years ffs lol

  52. Mike on May 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm said:

    That cant be true, someone wants to test whether people think. Was this guy eating live rats and moths? How about rice staying for 17 years without going bad. And again why is the guy crying instead of rejoicing? Does he want to go back there? Figure out

  53. Idiots…….idiots everywhere. Its satyrical website.

  54. Smeagol on May 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

    It’s our brother precious!

  55. Marko on May 13, 2014 at 1:36 am said:

    I guess, Hollywood will make action movie about it.
    With Japanese actor.

  56. Alan on May 13, 2014 at 1:46 am said:

    17 years without vitamin D? Sounds legit.

  57. I believe this man would look like an albino being in the dark for that long of a time. He still has some pigment to his skin. Hmmmm???.

  58. slicky on May 13, 2014 at 8:08 am said:

    True hero.

  59. TRUTH on May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am said:

    ALL YOU FUCKING IDIOTS WHO THINK ITS IS FUCKING REAL SHOULD END YOUR OWN FUCKING LIVES… HOLY FUCK I HAVE ROCKS IN MY BACK YARD WITH MORE COMMON FUCKING SENSE… IF THIS WEBSITE IS WHERE YOU GET YOUR NEWS FROM I COULD ONLY IMAGINE HOW FUCKED UP YOUR LIFE MIGHT BE, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO KNOW THAT ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS THINK YOU ARE MENTALLY FUCKING RETARDED?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/22/chile-miners-rescued-alive_n_690511.html

    • alicia on May 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm said:

      oh I just died laughing reading your comment

    • Wow!! on May 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm said:

      And somehow it makes you more intelligent by using capital letters, the F word repeatedly, telling people to kill themselves, and using the very derogatory word ‘retarded’? Well done proving your greater intelligence!!

    • You'reastupidpersonhateyourself on May 14, 2014 at 5:27 am said:

      Yeah….I’ll take a kind idiot over a smart asshole any day. Im sorry for whatever is going wrong in your life to make you behave this way. I hope things get better for you. Sincerely.

    • Laughing At This on May 16, 2014 at 7:47 am said:

      Stupid people don’t like it when you tell them they’re stupid. Because they’re stupid.

    • For the Stupids... on May 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm said:

      “Life is hard…If your stupid…life is harder”. John Wayne

  60. Lilian Moses on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 am said:

    17years i cnt bliv t, maybe its amiracle from God

  61. Lilian Moses on May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am said:

    17years i cnt bliv, maybe its amiracle from God

  62. Austin L. Smith Sr. on May 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm said:

    Might be someone else trapped still
    anything is possible nothing is
    impossible.Maybe its the devil himself.

  63. The Rodge on May 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm said:

    Chinas hide and seek champion gives up after 17 years down a mine shaft.

  64. Donald Ball on May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm said:

    Is this a picture of him at the top of the article? if so, who cut his hair and how did he shave for those 17 years?

  65. Ritu Raj on May 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm said:

    Hats off to his perseverance. Very lucky man.

  66. Andrew X Smith on May 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm said:

    What does “fellow miner” taste like, anyway?

  67. Jenny on May 13, 2014 at 11:08 pm said:

    article was just another spoof from World News Daily Report, a tabloid-like web site whose stock in trade is publishing fantastically fictional stories such “Giant Housecat Now Available on Market” and “Apple Announces Release of Paranormal Communication Application.”
    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/miner.asp#IjxHOlSOgu1SdVpf.99

  68. You'reastupidpersonhateyourself on May 14, 2014 at 5:25 am said:

    We live in a universe that has no end, with billions of solar systems similar to ours . it is impossible that there isnt intelligent life out there somewhere, as with infinity, it allows for every possibility to have an existence, and we are proof of that possibility. disallowing for the fact that they could develop the technology to leave their planet and travel the universe is willful ignorance, as we have already achieved the former. you can believe in ufos without fitting into the category of avid fanatic with a social complex, as you have no doubt associated all extra-terrestrial activity (extra-terrestirial doesnt just mean aliens, friend. it means anything not of this world, this would include asteroids and meteorites)

  69. silas dzombo on May 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm said:

    this is a total lie.stop lieing to us

  70. Oliver C Ngwuli on May 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm said:

    This unique story helps me to know that life is a mystery .There is a divine hand that keeps man living on this earth .The Angels can also do their works secretly

  71. Roberto on May 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm said:

    I dont believe it
    Maybe he had other means to survive. The food, I think was not enough, because rice tends to rotten.
    This news is ridiculous.

  72. So amazing story , almost unbelievable ! poor man I hope he lives his life peacefully after this

  73. kohmsc on May 15, 2014 at 1:20 am said:

    A real life Gollum from the “Lord of The Rings” I couldn’t imagine living that long underground…being clostrophobic anyway…it gives me the willies to think about it.

  74. Brad on May 15, 2014 at 2:11 am said:

    Dont believe it for a second, has pretty good color for being under ground for 17 years, and tan lines

  75. omahaomaha on May 15, 2014 at 8:48 am said:

    ultimate survival at its finest

  76. Not an idiot on May 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm said:

    Wow. The comments here. You people are fucking dolts.

    Little things like this help explain why the world is in the state it’s in…

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  78. Mike in Omaha on May 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm said:

    So at $3 a day, what’s his back pay?

  79. Dave on May 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm said:

    This is definitely not true… how does he have gold teeth….all those fillings done. what a doctor came in and did the fillings / gold teeth and left while he was stuck for 17 years….

  80. Rob Ward on May 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm said:

    Was there an endless supply of razors as well, and who was cutting his hair !

  81. ummmm yaaaaa,,, did not happen trust me

    • lol if you are writing this story make it somewhat believable like a month or two….. sheesh 17 years what a fu%^king joke……….. idiots

  82. paytheman on May 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm said:

    I wonder if the company he worked for is going to give him 17 years back-pay including overtime. After all, he was still at work of that time!

  83. jeff on May 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm said:

    LOL I can’t even believe all the sympathetic comments ..take 2 seconds to navigate to the home page and you’ll see exactly how much validity this article has. They reeled in some live ones with this story :) ..love it!

  84. jimmy dean on May 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm said:

    Yes, but did he find his precious?

  85. WILLIAM OTOOLE on May 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm said:

    Can this be true? What a story !

  86. bill lee on May 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm said:

    the only explenation is the man must be half cockroach

  87. Questionable.. But wow did it get my attention, plus all the chuckles I had in the 20 min. It took me to read all the posts … Might be we all want to believe in something almost unbelievably amazing and possibly possible?

  88. Donnie on May 17, 2014 at 11:24 am said:

    No sex in 17 years? How did he survive?

  89. Manuel on May 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm said:

    He will flip cartwheels when he sees how “capitalistic” Red China has become! LOL

  90. renn on May 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm said:

    i bet when he got outside his eyes hurt like a bitch, can you imagine living in barely any light and going outside to bright sunlight after that many years O.o

  91. Aimal on May 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm said:

    I am Agree I am Muslim We believe In Allah Everything is in hand Of Allah it’s true..

  92. 3pac on May 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm said:

    I noticed a lot of you are STUPID as FUCK. the rice supply was more than likely enough for SEVERAL workers for SEVERAL days. he was the only one eating the rice apparently which is why it lasted so long. So he ate rice and rats (and probably ate some of his dead co workers.)

  93. Sam Cliffe on May 18, 2014 at 2:05 am said:

    I’d have died from depression before starvation, and before that my eyebrow hair and my eyelashes would fall before the hair on my head!!! I wouldn’t have the determination and will to live like he did for 17 years!! And although suicide in my religion is forbidden, I think it would be allowed in this case and God wouldn’t punish me for it!!!! And frankly? I don’t think loved him to have inflicted this misfortune on him!!!!

  94. Sam Cliffe on May 18, 2014 at 2:09 am said:

    Correction: I don’t think God*** loved him… etc.

  95. April Munoz on May 18, 2014 at 5:54 am said:

    SHUT UP ALL YOU STUPID ASS HOLES!!! THIS IS FROM CHINA? THE FUCKERS POISIN BABY FOOD AND DOG FOOD? THEY LYE to THERE OWN PEOPLE?
    YOU ALL ARE AS BAD AND DIMB AS DURT!!?

  96. The Seeker on May 18, 2014 at 8:19 am said:

    I hope the mining company will pay him by the hour for his time in the mine

  97. Malalai barak on May 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm said:

    Allahu akbar Allahu akbar

  98. Ndoma Nyambi on May 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm said:

    Imagine the loneliness, the competition between him and all crawling things struggling to survive in their habitat. He is a brave man living to the dictates of His Creator.

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  100. Jonny_ on May 20, 2014 at 1:30 am said:

    I assume almost no one here has read this sites disclaimer before, and if they have they clearly didn’t understand that it means 99.99% of these stories are fictional.

  101. Waseem on May 20, 2014 at 3:48 am said:

    the man lost 17 years of his life, but a great man to give proper burial to his fellows, really great, it made my belief stronger in humanity

  102. JUSTIN on May 20, 2014 at 4:07 am said:

    First thing I would do if I was him would go get my paycheck. That is some serious overtime. Hard to believe what he must have endured. Seventeen years without fresh food. Seems hard to believe, but God Bless this man if this story is true.

  103. Happy John on May 20, 2014 at 5:43 am said:

    God bless this man! He kept going when the majority of people would’ve just closed their eyes and drifted off into death.

  104. E. K. Antonsen on May 20, 2014 at 9:47 am said:

    17 years with stored rice? Eating ratmeat (well chinese and asian people eat dogs and cats as well)! This sounds like a mine that had a connection to an underground military installation that had an old storage of food incase of a nuclear war situation!

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  106. J. Herndon on May 20, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

    Wow! 17 years of back pay. What’s 17 times $1.50 in Chinese currency?

  107. Lule on May 20, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

    Only God knows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. I can’t believe you idiots all think he was in the mine for 17 years. If you bothered to read the article it clearly states that he was in the mine for 1 year. Whoever posted this article cocked up the headline. :)

  109. joey on May 21, 2014 at 2:33 am said:

    This is bull crap the rats would of eaten him and his rice..you cant believe any thing the Chinese say a bunch of hac rats…

  110. Vicky on May 21, 2014 at 7:51 am said:

    It’s just not true, his skin would not be that colour if he had been underground for 17 years.

  111. Oxford on May 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm said:

    joanne you are a chop- lifes all about you right?!

  112. paul grennan on May 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm said:

    OMG there are so many stupid people it hurts. i bet you all think Bin laden did 9/11 too and that america is spreading democracy to the rest of the world….. i guess when medicine and technology do away with natural selection, this is the result… thousands of stupid illiterates who cannot think for themselves

  113. Lion King on May 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm said:

    His teeth would still be in a very good condition after eating the rats raw. Have any of you ever seen a lion with bad teeth. They only eat raw meat.

  114. Etan on May 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm said:

    I doubt anyone will be breaking this world record anytime soon…

  115. John on May 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

    Lol! Everyone is talking about God…

  116. Pleasure to meet you Pot on May 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm said:

    At this rate, isn’t there a chance the Malaysian flight may have fallen down a mine shaft?

    • Peter on May 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm said:

      Hahaha too soon….but perfectly placed. This story is clearly far from true, sadly the missing Malaysian flight is not….but sounds like some of the people above May go looking for it in the shaft!

  117. John lockyer on May 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm said:

    Hmmm really?

  118. kris on May 22, 2014 at 3:46 am said:

    Do any of you retards realize this is a satire website? It literally takes one Google search. It says in the disclaimer ON THIS WEBSITE that it’s satire. So friggin stupid. All of you.

  119. Check out the disclaimer. They publish fiction, folks!

  120. Doctor Bill on May 22, 2014 at 11:27 am said:

    Isn’t satire supposed to be clever or funny? This whole publication is dumb.

  121. Chris Bennett on May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm said:

    Pic totally looks like an Eastern “Best Cry Ever” guy.

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/yyLJk-xT8Eo/hqdefault.jpg

  122. hugo on May 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm said:

    unbelievable, the amount of retarded people on this planet..

    “That man lived hell on earth I am so happy he is ok”
    “Wow….I cant even imagine what this man has went through…Words can never describe it..”
    “This unique story helps me to know that life is a mystery .There is a divine hand that keeps man living on this earth .The Angels can also do their works secretly”
    “I sure hope the poor man had some family to come back to as well”

    You don’t need to read a disclaimer to know this story is made up.
    You need brains..
    So those people with the comments above, for the sake of mankind:
    please shoot yourself and don’t have any children

  123. Bryant Achee on May 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm said:

    You would know one genius asshole in the bunch is an expert on teeth Shame on you Joanne !!!!

  124. Ryan on May 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm said:

    Everyone read the disclaimer at the top of the page – click the link. Your being fooled.

  125. Frank on May 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm said:

    Would make a good film.

  126. C marshall on May 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm said:

    Everyone’s an expert on survival and how this can’t be true but most can’t construct a basic sentence.

  127. John Gizmik on May 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm said:

    Wow, no pussy for 17 years…

  128. MUNYENSANGA on May 23, 2014 at 7:22 am said:

    eh! my God! why did not the government do its best to search and save those people? the company owes him a lot! Glory to God!

  129. Muhammad Hassan Aslam on May 23, 2014 at 7:44 am said:

    Subhan ALLAH, It is the great Miracle of ALLAH (GOD), no doubt He is superior and He has create all humanity and all powers belongs to Him all the world is His creation.

  130. why other people die if there is food.

  131. The Valker on May 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm said:

    To indeed be a God!

  132. Chris Palaniuk on May 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm said:

    I hope he gets paid for 17 years worth of his salary.

  133. Adrian Cisco on May 25, 2014 at 4:21 am said:

    Hope the mining company is paying him overtime for the time spent on the job… Sunday rates and all…

  134. dimitri on May 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm said:

    That’s a long time to meditate. I hope he achieved Nirvana early on so that he had time to enjoy it. – How did he avoid hypothermia? What did he use for light, if anything? Did he forget how to speak? We need, no demand, a full report, and pronto.

  135. This isnt even funny. Its not even been written in a humorous tone, unless that last part was supposed to be funny. Stooopid and pointless website, doomed to failure. Waste of time.

  136. Murky on May 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm said:

    If this was true (I’m aware it isn’t), could you imagine trying to re-adapt to life above the surface after seventeen years underground? Particularly trying to see. I imagine there isn’t much light underground.

  137. Irene Van Osdol on May 28, 2014 at 12:04 am said:

    God bless you and keep you dear sir……….

  138. Irene Van Osdol on May 28, 2014 at 12:05 am said:

    May God bless you and keep you dear sir

  139. Irene Van Osdol on May 28, 2014 at 12:07 am said:

    May you heal and may God bless you

  140. alex on May 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm said:

    Looking at the comments, it amazes me how many people believe everyday propaganda thrown at them. Good luck to us all surviving another couple of decades with such gullibleness

  141. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Lol.

  142. donklos on May 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm said:

    People thanking God, but why aren’t they aghast at God for putting him there? It’s so conflicting.

  143. tsaohuan on May 30, 2014 at 7:40 am said:

    This is not true story,because none chinese media report this,and i had asked my xinjiang classmate,there wasn’t n earth quake so strong in 1997 in xinjiang.

  144. no way you cannot survive more than one month eating meat and rice, maybe two to three months this guy had to sign something from the labor camp he was released from after well, seventeen years, china is try to throw spotlight off so many corrupting and especially with that bo xilli or however the hell you spell it on him it surprisingly what province, xingping or whatever, does this remind anyone of well catholic church releasing all inquisition documents or the two towers falling making nobody question the drone or missile that hit the pentagon, or most recently edward snowden and boston bombings

  145. ANdreas on June 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm said:

    To magdalene and all you other jesus freaks: Chances are, that the poor man never ever believed in your favourite deity. Therefore, show some respect and keep your imaginary friend and your prayers to yourself.

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China: Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground

miner May 8th, 2014
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Ürümqui| A group of coal miners from the western province of Xinjiang, had an unbelievable surprise when the gallery they were excavating opened up on a section of an old mine, that was abandoned 17 years ago after an earthquake that caused some large sections of the tunnels to collapse. While they were exploring the galleries, they stumbled upon Cheung Wai, a 59-year old survivor from the 1997 accident, obviously in a rather bad shape. He was immediately taken to the hospital where a complete evaluation of his physical and mental states will be done over the next weeks.

The poor man had remained trapped underground with the bodies of 78 of his dead coworkers, after an earthquake of a magnitude of 7,8 hit the region and caused the wooden support structure of the mine to crumble and collapse. Somehow lucky in his misfortune, Mr. Cheung was saved by the fact that some ventilation duct still connected his underground prison to the surface, allowing him access to air that was  sufficiently pure to keep him alive.

He managed to survive thanks to an emergency stash of rice and water, stored in an underground depot, conceived especially for this kind of case. The man complemented his diet by catching and eating the countless rats that pullulate in the mine, as well as collecting large quantities of some sort of phosphorescent moss, which constituted his only source of vitamins. Even though he was suffering from great physical and mental stress, he managed to give proper burials to all of his comrades, spending almost a year in this great selfless act.

Mining accidents remain common in China despite growing measures by the government to reduce the problem, which killed more than 4000 miners a year at the beginning of the millenium. Over the last years, the authorities have been cracking down on many unregulated mining operations, which account for almost 80 percent of the country’s 16,000 mines. The closure of about 1,000 dangerous small mines last year helped to cut in half the average number of miners killed, to about six a day, in the first months of this year, according to governmental statistics.

The case of Mr. Cheung remains unique however, and constitutes a world record, according to  the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement, Guinness. The former record for surviving underground was of 142 days and was held by a british man named Geoff Smith. He had been voluntarily buried in the backyard of the Railway Inn, his favorite pub, with the intention of breaking the record.

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