Peru miners get saved after being trapped for six days in a collapsed mine
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Peru miners get saved after being trapped for six days in a collapsed mine

Lima : Peru | Apr 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM PDT
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Nine miners were saved from a collapsed mine in Peru after rescue workers saved them despite the limited resources

Peru is known for its mines and also the substandard safety equipments which are used for in these mines. A number of mine collapses have been taking place in Peru, but so far, nothing significant has been done to avoid such situations. Recently a mine collapsed in southern Peru around nine miners were trapped inside when the mine collapsed. According to reports, the mine caved in because of the miners' own blast which they had done to dig in deeper. After the mine collapsed, the miners were stuck about 656 feet below ground and there was no way that they could have come out on their own due to the amount of earth which lay on top of them.

The miners remained underground for almost a week and then on Wednesday morning, they were extracted from the so-called 'wildcat' copper and gold mine in which they were working.

For all the time that the remained underground, they had been receiving oxygen and liquid from a giant hose which had been put into place even before the mine had collapsed. That hose proved to be the thing which eventually saved them from such a grave situation. "All of them are healthy but obviously dehydrated and dizzy," President Ollanta Humala said as reported by MSNBC.com. "They need to get used to the sun still, that's why they are wearing sunglasses," he said.

The rescued miners did look dazed but obviously they were ecstatic about the fact that they had been saved from the terrible accident. Miner Jesus Japatinta said he was overwhelmed after walking out alive, MSNBC.com reported. "I spilled tears, happy tears," he said.

Even though the mining business in a lucrative one, it is also an extremely risky one. The collapsed Cabeza de Negro mine has provided yet another example that how such mining accidents can go bad. This particular mine was an abandoned one, clearly showing that there was something wrong with it but since this is such a profitable business, companies still go ahead with it.

According to some survey results, around 52 miners died last year in Peru and a third out the them had passed away in mine shaft collapses. Despite such a high number, the Government of Peru still does not have proper heavy equipment and it always has to ask the mining companies for it.

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A rescue worker walks next to miners during the rescue operation of nine miners trapped at Cabeza de Negro gold-and-copper mine in Ica
A rescue worker walks next to miners during the rescue operation of nine miners trapped at Cabeza de Negro gold-and-copper mine in Ica
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