BEIJING (AFP) - Three miners trapped for more than four days in a flooded mine shaft in northeast China were rescued Saturday as authorities battled to reach another 23 workers still underground, state media said. The illegally operating mine in Heilongjiang province flooded on Tuesday when 45 workers were in the pit, the official Xinhua news agency said. Nineteen miners managed to escape shortly after the accident. Rescuers have been pumping water out of the mine and by Saturday afternoon had drained 56,150 cubic metres (about 2 million cubic feet) and lowered the water level inside the pit by more than 33 feet, Xinhua said.