The rescuers tried to help the miners by attempting to slow the flooding by pumping out water and to drill a 6inch hole down to the miners to provide them oxygen. When they were drilling it ended up breaking at 105 feet. After 18 hours drilling began again with a 26 inch drill A second hole was made.2 The second drill also ended up breaking and was being fixed when the first hole that was made had broken into the mine.
The rescue team were notified that the nine miners had water all the way up to their necks and had to race against time. All nine of the miners were in good condition except for one who said he had chest pains. The rescue team had brought an 8 and 1/2 foot high steel mesh escape capsule which was lowered to the miners. They lowered the capsule into the shaft and one by one the miners climbed into the cage and was lifted back up. The miner who had chest pains was the first to be resurfaced at around 1am July 28th. The rest of the miners came up starting off with the heaviest person on down to the lightest. At around 2:45am all miners were safely brought to the surface. All nine of the miners were rescued and ended up filing a lawsuit on the company for its outdated maps which caused them to be in that predicament.
The site where the rescue had taken place is currently a memorial park. 3 The memorial park is open to visitors and includes all the capped shafts drilled to save the miners, a 7-foot bronze statue of a miner, and the Monument for life Memorial. There is a Visitor's Center contains artifacts from the rescue one of them being the cage that went and got the miners out. Even some of the miners clothing is on display.