October 20th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

2 remaining miners in Ecuador found dead

The two remaining miners trapped underground in Ecuador since part of a
mine collapsed last week have been found dead, the president of the mine said

Angel Vera and Pedro Mendos  had been trapped since last Friday, mine president Juan Cando Pacheco said.


Filed under: Ecuador • Mine accidents
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. mr juan

    Why all of a sudden miners are getting trapped all over the country? WIERD

    October 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • steverino

      A common phenomenon– due to the Chilean miners, people are interested in mining stories, so events that would not have merited mentioning otherwise are now showcased. Years ago it was pit bull attacks, or shark attacks, and so on. This too will die out, supplanted by some other interest of the moment.

      Another effect is similar to when you buy a new car– suddenly you see that model everywhere, when before you never noticed it. (You also see lots of ads for the same car for less than you paid for it, but that's just life jerking your chain).

      October 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      and all over the world, too.

      October 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      The earth had a craving that only humans could satisfy.

      October 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Five

      Bascially, that part of the world is becoming our new Southern Pole, magnetically at least.

      October 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      @ikant that is the funniest thing I've read on a message board all year

      October 21, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      China loses 5000 people a year in mine accidents. The cheaper life is in a country, the more lives are lost.

      October 21, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Chantel82

      Correct, its called a media trend.

      October 21, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    Rest in peace... what you've done for us will not be forgotten, life is sacred and all are precious.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim2

      What did they do for us exactly?

      October 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      I completely agree with you,brother!
      I also pray for their love ones! There is a family that lost TWO members in this tragedy! Oh God! It's so hard to understand WHY honest hardworking people have to die this way!?! )':

      October 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Pretty sure a mine in Ecuador has absolutely nothing to do with my iPod, seeing that the parts are made In asia. Those guys die by the dozen. God bless all of them nonetheless

      October 21, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • D_the_Tornado

      Life isn't sacred; otherwise, we wouldn't all keep up this nasty habit of dying by the hundreds of thousands every month. Life is life, and the end of it is death. You do no one any greater service, and you pay nobody any greater respect than the next person by spewing some mumbo-jumbo about how sacred a gift life is. In fact, you disrespect them abhorrently by proclaiming that we'll "never forget" when the media is using the Chilean rescue as an excuse to miner-story-spam us into desensitization.

      They lost theirs because the only thing they were offered in order to feed themselves and their families was digging around in a dangerous hell-mouth crater of the Earth's fickle crust. I will lose mine by other means, and you will lose yours by some other peril. That's how this all works. Rather than thinking of life and death as crazy, unknowable, mystical nonsense, just try to enjoy your life, and hope that these brave men did the same while they were here. That is, as soon as you're off that high horse.

      October 21, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • whaaat??

      @ D_the_Tornado life not a gift?? you are either a) 12 years old and not capable of appreciating your time on earth yet or b) a fool that will have ultimately squandered this gift only to realize it at the point of your death.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dsfsfsdf

      "Rather than thinking of life and death as crazy, unknowable, mystical nonsense, **just try to enjoy your life, and hope that these brave men did the same while they were here.**"

      wwhwhuuuttt missed that key sentence; in fact, he missed the whole post. I'm sure looking at the first few letters provided enough information for him to spew his invaluable comment.

      Maybe Tornado should have made his point with pretty pictures.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      @D_the_Tornado I was simply trying to express appreciation for what these individuals have done. I do appreciate and respect everyone who works hard and/or in dangerous environments. Maybe it's the only work they can get, but it doesn't make what they do any less valuable. There's no mystery in seeing that life has value when it touches the lives of others in positive ways. We are more that the sum of our heartbeat and brain wave, more than existence waiting to die. To suggest otherwise de-humanizes us to the point of being meat-puppets. Leave it to the internet to take some well meant sentiment and turn it ugly... Jerk.

      October 21, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Harvey


      Go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. We can't help your wife left you, but at least we can now see why.

      October 21, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • David H.

      D_the_Tornado is largely right.
      Humanity sorely needs to get away from all the religiously-contrived EMOTION assoc. with life and death.
      Religions have made such a big deal out of living and dying it's just a joke to those few of us who can see past the biggest scam on humanity, after Insurance! LOL!

      We live our lives -and we die. It's the only way out.
      We go 6 ft. under -nowhere else -just like everyone else -unless you're cremated or lost at sea.
      Big deal. Grow up and handle it! No Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy,either.
      No afterlife, no 72 virgins(can't think of anything worse..ok maybe a steady diet of milk & honey) Just this life of about 80-85 yrs. if healthy and lucky.
      No need for religious head-games -they're merely coping mechanisms.
      "Ask your Doctor which coping mechanism is right for YOU".

      October 21, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • D_the_Tornado

      @Tim, @Harvey, @whaaat??

      As it turns out, I'm actually a really happy person! You see, rather than calling people jerks and "@$$hats" and trying to diagnose some past tragedy in the lives of people I merely disagree with, I do this insane thing called practicing what I preach! I enjoy the heck out of my life, but that's mainly because I don't pretend that life is a magical gift, I treat every day like an opportunity to enjoy this world a little bit more while I can.

      Just to stem all the speculation, I am 27 years old, run my own business, have a rewarding, (mostly) happy relationship, and have survived three distinct near-death experiences in my life, as well as two cancer scares in the past seven years. I KNOW full well what it means to stare down the harsh reality that every day we stand upon the precipice of death. That's the sort of thing that gives death-and therefore life-its poignancy. The problem is, dying is scary, and most of us never want to think about what scares us. But when someone dies in a tragic accident or by some means that wasn't their fault, those of us who have no reference point for what it might mean to no longer be alive are forced to sit and think about it for a few seconds, and then come up with pithy sentiment. The media reinforces it; I know because I work in the media (however admittedly local that scope might be.)

      Do you guys really think you're "honoring" the fallen? By posting on the Internet? Like I said–agree with my philosophy or not–I'm practicing what I preach in my life. If you really cared about your position–and thus these men who died–go contact their families. They're the ones who are really hurting right now. You can obviously use the Internet; finding their loved ones online and anonymously sending a kindhearted letter or even a condolence care package is how you show you truly appreciate what those men died doing. Because they're not here anymore; there's no wifi wherever any of us think they're going, and the ones left behind who actually knew them–who actually care–are hurting like hell right now.

      You guys are such warm, genuine spirits who truly believe in the gift of life? Go out there and make someone's life a little bit better, then. That is, if you can pull yourself away from judging others and "white knighting" on the Internet. Jerks.

      October 21, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marsha

    I feel sad for thier loved ones who have to baer loosing them . There wives &children i hope that they can make it safer so no one ealse has to die there in my thoughts&prayers may God bless the families

    October 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashik

      I agree to you
      I hope the love one can be able to live without them

      October 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • vmaxnc

      God took the miners, so why would he bless the families? He's responsible for everything, right? He was supposedly responsible for the Chilean miner rescue (it was a miracle after all, not the culmination of technology and extreme human effort), so why aren't these deaths on God too? C'mon, let's hear the "God works in mysterious ways that we can't understand. He has a plan that includes killing these miners" responses.

      October 21, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Get lost you bible freak, you are the kind who destroyed Gods name and purpose. You are a Christian extremist, when are you going to go blow up a mall in a crusade against nonbelievers?

      October 21, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. nick

    Good try! Not everybody can be Chile, Ecuador.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • enough already

      Umm, I don't think Ecuador is trying to be like chile in any way, shape, or form and I'm not even Ecuadorean. This was a tragic accident. RIP.

      October 20, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • connie

      Your coment is really sad, how easy is for you to play with other people tragedy. IGNORANT!!!

      October 21, 2010 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    The real question is why are there no mine rescue chambers in all of these recent mine accident? It really sucks knowing that lives could have been saved if rescue chambers were installed.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guatemala

    I cant really believe the amount of ignorant people who comment on this story.
    1. While this may only be story because of the Chilean Miners it does not warrant being made fun of or made light of.
    2. I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see offensive and negative comments after 4 men lost there life.... 8 parents lost sons and countless other family members going through loss.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marines123

    Its really sad that people are dying underground. It shows that labor laws are not implemented as they should be. Pray for them.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Its funny how people use this thread as a way to get across there own personal insecurities with religion or there lack of knowledge of why people do this job in the first place. If it was not for miners like these guys we would not have coal to burn the electricity you are currently using to read this post. Your wife would not have that gold ring on her finger either. No matter your personal beliefs use your brain before sending nonsense.

      October 21, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robin Bush

    awwwww. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and God Bless those miners.... sad

    October 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marines123

    Let's not forget. We have men and women dying in the battlefield also! Far away from home. Unable to kiss their loved ones before departing to heaven! We should all pray for our brothers and sisters who are in the war zone hugging the earth while fireing down range!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. It hurts

    This is a sad story . And I agree with you
    But what about the children that die everyday In gaza ? Why nobody ever mention them ?

    October 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Juan nettle

    I think its sad but as time goes on its cool

    October 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Juan nettle

    One more I hale from Spain now in Utah

    October 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      ????? Thanks for sharing?????

      October 21, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Vanzant

    How could anyone have a mocking reaction to the loss of human life? What's wrong with you?? I keep up with what's going on and there's many mining disasters!! All the time! The Chilean mine rescue received mass media coverage because of the ammount of time they were trapped and all survived! No one is trying to be Chile. What about the mining disaster in Virginia? Come on now. Just respect human life!

    October 21, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dick Kulpa

    It's an obvious tragedy on a human level, and anyone poking fun at this should watch out for Karma. It says this is a moderated board. That is hard to believe.

    October 21, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. bvs

    this hasnt just become a big story its something we hav been following for months i feel very sad for the families who lost ther loved ones i waz praying that they would all make it out alive... so sad

    October 21, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
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