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Debunked: Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years

Debunked: Chinese Miner Found Alive After 17 Years

A report this week claims that a coal miner in China was found alive after being underground for 17 years.

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The story is fake.

Let’s first take a look at the story in circulation.

In an article entitled “China: Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground” from World News Daily Report, we read:

“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.”

Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

World News Daily Report is a tabloid website which publishes outlandish stories. The disclaimer on the website states that “all news articles…are fiction, and presumably fake news.”

Bottom Line

A coal miner was not discovered alive after 17 years. The story comes from the fake news website World News Daily Report.

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