Nine Peruvian miners who were trapped since last Thursday in a tunnel, were rescued on Wednesday, in the presence of the Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala.
The release of workers in the informal copper mine ‘Cabeza de Negro’, at 282 kilometers south of Lima, was achieved after a landslide that delayed the rescue operation, so they had to build a wooden roof support in the main access tunnel of the mine.
The copper mine was abandoned in the 90’s but its entry was not blown up as required by law and has ever since, been invaded by the so-called informal miners without proper security conditions.
The miners wearing shades, apparently were in good condition, left the main tunnel of the mine shortly after 07:00 am. They were greeted by their families, as well as Humala and other government members.
The rescued miners are Jacinto Pariona, 59, and his son Roger Pariona, 32; Felix Cucho Aguilar, 41, Edwin Bellido, 34, the brothers Jaime and Juan Tapia, 22 and 23, respectively, Carlos Huamaní, 47, Jesus Ccapatinta Raymi, 35, and Julio Cesar Huayta, whose information is unknown. (ARL)