Nine Peruvian miners were rescued Wednesday from a mine where they had been trapped for days.
State television showed the miners leaving the mine, each supported by two rescuers. They wore sunglasses.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala greeted the miners at the mouth of the mine. The group unfurled the red and white Peruvian flag and waved at the television cameras.
"We are happy that this high-risk operation was successful," said Claudio Saenz, a fire department official with knowledge of the rescue efforts.
The nine miners have been stuck since Thursday in the wildcat Cabeza de Negro mine in southern Peru.
A cave-in over the weekend slowed progress. For days, a hose placed in the collapsed cavern was the only connection the miners had to the surface.
The miners had been getting oxygen, food and water through a tube, which has also allowed them to stay in contact with people above ground, Peru's state-run Andina news agency reported.FULL STORY