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Rescuers close in on trapped Peruvian miners

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Rescuers close in on trapped Peruvian miners


Peru’s president is over seeing an attempt to rescue nine trapped miners who have spent the last six days underground.

The men became stuck about 200 meters down the Cabeza de Negro mine when it partially collapsed on Thursday.

All nine are uninjured and are being given oxygen and drinks through a tube.

“Workers from different mining firms are helping in the rescue, the work is in progress. There is a delay, because of problems in the structure of the rock. They have to secure the site so there won’t be any casualties,” explained President Ollanta Humala.

An improvised camp, has been set up by the men’s families as the rescue operation has unfolded.

The Cabeza de Negro is one of Peru’s many wildcat mines, where workers take high risks to extract copper and other metals.

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