The notoriously deadly mining situation in China has finally taken a turn for the better with the recent ongoing rescue of 26 miners in Heilongjiang province. Trapped since the mine flooded on August 23rd, 3 miners were rescued last Saturday, and 19 more were pulled from the mine Tuesday morning – after seven days underground! They managed to stay alive by drinking water drops and with the food and air supplied by a 920-foot pipe drilled down through the rock to assist them. So far all survivors are hospitalized and in good condition, bringing hope for the others. The mine flooding, usually a hopeless death sentence in China, occurred when they accidentally drilled into an adjacent flooded mine. The worst thing about this accident is that the mine involved was operating illegally, after being ordered to shut down back in 2007.