The boss of a Chinese mine has been accused of pretending to be rescued from a disaster in which 34 miners died and 9 are still trapped. Qi Guming allegedly smeared coal on his face and pretended that he had been down the mine when the accident happened.
China has a pretty terrible mine safety record, and has sought to rectify this by introducing a new law that forces mine bosses to go down shafts with their workers. But it seems that when the accident occurred at the Sizhuang coal mine in Yunnan province last week, Qi Guming was allegedly not down the mine as he should have been. Hence the elaborate charade.
China has closed a number of miners over the past year, but the accidents keep piling up and more than 100 miners are believed to have died in the past month alone. The new law regaring mine owners carries a heavy fine of up to 5m yuan ($750,000), but it seems not all mine bosses are going down with their workers.