Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nine miners trapped 650ft below Peruvian mountainside for seven days after shaft collapsed are rescued

Rescuers today freed nine miners trapped more than 650ft below a Peruvian mountainside after a shaft collapsed following an explosion they triggered themselves.

The men had been stuck about below ground since the informal copper-and-gold mine partially collapsed on Thursday. They had been receiving oxygen and liquids through a giant hose that was in place before the accident.

'All of them are healthy but obviously dehydrated and dizzy,' President Ollanta Humala said. 'They need to get used to the sun still, that's why they are wearing sunglasses.'

Miner Jesus Japatinta said he was overwhelmed after walking out alive. 'I spilled tears, happy tears,' he said.

The men had been trapped in a horizontal shaft since Thursday at the Cabeza de Negro gold and copper mine, 175 miles from capital Lima, after 26 feet of collapsed earth blocked its entrance. Read More