Seven Saved After 30 Hrs In Collapsed Illegal Gold Mine

CENPublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

A group of seven miners were rescued from an illegal gold mine after 30 hours trapped underground.

The men were trapped by a collapse at the Los Mangos gold mine in the Remedios municipality of the north-western Colombian department of Antioquia.

Authorities say emergency services were alerted at 7pm though the collapse occurred "in the afternoon". The reason for the delay in calling for emergency help was not reported.

Firefighters and mine rescue workers totalling 40 individuals worked together to free the men.

Entrances into the mine had been damaged in the collapse and had to be shored up before the rescue could begin.

While they were waiting to get in and extract the men, rescuers used a pipe to pump in oxygen.

The rescued miners were identified as Wilfredo Quintana, 31, Alexis Garzon, 32, Juan Patino, 31, Jhon Jairo Murillo, 43, Jonathan Andres Salgado, 21, Jorge Ivan Ramirez, 25 and Juan Galeano, 28.

The father of one of Jorge Ivan Ramirez told local media of the despair and then relief he felt when he heard the news, saying: "My son was buried alive...and he came back to me alive today."

The Mine Department in Antioquia reported that the hand-dug mine did not have any legal documentation to operate.

It was not clear whether the mine would now be shut down or whether anyone would be prosecuted over the accident.

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