Seven miners were trapped in a mine in Wales when a tunnel collapsed, 300 feet underground.

Three of the men have been rescued by emergency services, who brought them to the surface one by one.

Fireman and 999 services were called to the small mine in Wales as the miners’ familes waited, fearing the worst.

The accident brought to mind the plight of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days last year.

Three of the men had been rescued by midday.

A police spokesman said: "Seven men were trapped underground but everything has been done to bring them out.

"We have an air ambulance, paramedics and fire-fighters on the scene. The miners are being given a full check-up as they come out."

The Gleision colliery in Wales digs for coal under a steep hillside above the River Tawe.