Search for trapped miners in Nicaragua suspended
Rescue teams Tuesday suspended efforts to reach seven trapped gold miners in Nicaragua because landslides were making the work too dangerous.
“Experts have to acknowledge it’s impossible” to keep going back into the mine, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said.
Mud and earth were pouring into the mine constantly and tearing down the wooden structures the rescue teams had built to try to shore up the pit.
In the four-day effort, rescuers had made 25 trips into the mine.
It first collapsed because of a landslide triggered by heavy rains, trapping 29 people early Thursday. Earlier reports had said 30.
Two of the trapped miners dug themselves back to the surface. Another 20 were hauled out one by one after 30 hours trapped inside the mine.
The mine shaft, in the remote village of El Comal, was abandoned more than 80 years ago by the foreign mining firms that operate in Nicaragua’s gold-rich northeast.
But it was reopened by “guiriseros,” or small-scale independent miners, a dangerous occupation that has boomed over the past decade as the price of gold has tripled from less than $400 an ounce to more than $1,200.
You may be interested
Pic of the Day: Overlooking Guanacaste from Cocos BeachAlejandro Zúñiga - October 14, 2019
For a good indicator of how tourism to Guanacaste has grown in recent years, one simply needs to see how…
Saprissa in shambles: ‘S’ suffers another blowoutAFP and The Tico Times - October 14, 2019
Deportivo Saprissa suffered another loss, falling 4-0 against C.S. Herediano in the ongoing Apertura tournament that Alajuelense leads with ease.…
US ‘medical tourists’ seek cheap health care abroadJavier Tovar / AFP - October 14, 2019
When Veronica Merrill decided to undergo stomach surgery for weight loss, she found two options: pay $12,000 at home in…