Coal miner stuck underground for 17 years message - Internet/Facebook Rumour

19 May 2014 - Article No: 1848. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

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.
collected May 2014

A story about a miner who was apparently trapped underground during an earthquake for 17 years is circulating social media. The story claims that the man, named Cheung Wai, spent 17 years living off rat meat, water and rice before finally being discovered by a team of coal miners.

The story is complete fantasy, and has never occurred anywhere. This is another example of fake news being presented as true by hoax websites designed to attract traffic by publishing utter nonsense.

The photo of a crying man used as the headline image is actually taken from a completely different story about a memorial service in Japan for wartime Chinese forced laborers.

The site in question, World News Daily Report, has published several popular articles over the last year or so, all of which are untrue, and the site is just one of an ever-growing number of websites that have been created to dupe users under the justification that the fake articles actually somehow represent satire, despite no evident satirical element being present in the articles themselves.

Think and research before sharing.

Further reading -
The rise of fake news satire sites.

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