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HOAX - 'Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground'

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Circulating story claims that a man has been found alive after being trapped underground in a Chinese mine for seventeen years.

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Brief Analysis

The story is fiction. No such incident occurred. The false story comes courtesy of the fake news website World News Daily Report. The site churns out a continual stream of fanciful nonsense, all tricked up to resemble news. Nothing published on the site is true.



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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.

Miner Found Alive 17 Years Hoax

Detailed Analysis

According to a story that is currently travelling the highways and byways of the interwebs, a man in China has been rescued after surviving for 17 years trapped underground in a mine. The story claims that the mine was abandoned back in 1997 after an earthquake caused tunnels to collapse. Thus, claims the story, a team exploring the old mine were greatly surprised when they discovered 59-year-old Cheung Wai, who had apparently survived on an emergency stash of rice and water and by supplementing his diet with rat meat.

Awed commentators have gushed on how the tale depicts the resilience of the human spirit and on the man's amazing courage and determination to survive.

What a shame that the story is a work of fiction. The 'inspiring' incident described never took place, in China, or anywhere else.

The story comes via the satirical/entertainment website World News Daily Report. In fact, none of the stories published on the site are true. World News Daily Report includes the following disclaimer on the site:

World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

The image of the crying 'miner' used in the story was taken from a 2009 Chinese news report about a Japanese memorial service for wartime Chinese forced workers.

World News Daily Report has been responsible for several viral messages that have circulated in recent months. An earlier report from the site falsely claimed that a live dinosaur had hatched from an egg stored in a German museum. And another fake story claimed that scientists had discovered giant human skeletons while excavating a site in Iran.



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Last updated: October 6, 2015
First published: May 14, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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