Trapped Miners Escape in Peru

Men stranded underground for 6 days

Peruvian Miners

Peruvian Miners     Photo: openDemocracy/flickr

Nine miners escaped to safety on Wednesday after spending six days trapped in an abandoned gold-and-copper mine 200 miles south of Lima, Peru. The miners, whose ages range from 23 to 58, were able to walk out without assistance after a rescue crew dug a reinforced tunnel through more than 26 feet of debris. The men were kept alive by soup and water passed through a tube snaked through the collapsed tunnel. The Cabeza de Negro mine was abandoned in the 1980s but continues to be exploited by un-permitted mining.

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