Rescue teams are said to be moments away from freeing workers trapped inside an illegal mine in Southern Peru.
For now the nine men are being sustained by oxygen and liquids supplied through a giant hose. They have been trapped 200 metres underground since the Cabeza de Negro gold and copper mine, 282km south of the capital, Lima, collapsed on Thursday.
All of the men are thought to be in a stable condition although one health official said that they are showing signs of dehydration as well as feelings of desperation.
Sixty per cent of Peru’s exports come from mining, and small illegal mines like this one are said to be commonplace in the country.