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Miner Reported Alive After 9 Days

July 26, 1998

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ A miner feared dead after a massive landslide buried him and 10 others nine days ago in a talc mine has made voice contact with rescuers, the Austrian Press Agency reported Sunday. There was no word on the others.

APA quoted a doctor at the scene, Fritz Sartory, as saying the miner, Georg Hainzl, had spoken with rescuers by microphone lowered into an emergency shaft.

``I’m alright,″ the doctor quoted Hainzl as saying. ``Only my feet are cold.″

APA said rescuers were hoping to bring Hainzl to the surface later Sunday night.

Hainzl was working in the mine in the town of Lassing, 120 miles southwest of Vienna, when a mudslide brought on by heavy rains trapped him July 17.

A 10-member team was sent to rescue him but became trapped in a second mudslide.

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