41 Workers Rescued After Trapped For 17 Days

November 28, 2023

Patience, hard work and faith won.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, a state in Northern India, on the successful rescue of 41 workers who were trapped in a tunnel for 17 days.

Big Picture: A November 12 landslide in India caused a section of an under-construction road tunnel to collapse, trapping 41 workers inside. Amid the rescue operation, families of the workers traveled to the site, hopeful to see their loved ones soon evacuated. Throughout the 17 days, the workers “survived on food and oxygen supplied through narrow steel pipes,” The Associated Press reports; doctors at the location monitored the mens’ health, speaking to them through a pipe. After drilling machines broke (after boring through about 154 feet of the nearly 196 feet needed to reach the workers), rescuers dug through gravel and rocks by hand to safely evacuated the workers.

Read More: Indian rescuers pull out all 41 workers who were trapped in a tunnel for 17 days, minister says (The Associated Press)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas