Nine Peruvian miners rescued after being trapped for days
April 11th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Nine Peruvian miners rescued after being trapped for days

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.

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  1. Chrissy™

    Good deal.

    April 11, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I have some sad news

    Our friend leeintulsa passed away last night.
    He was only 44.
    He will be greatly missed.
    He was one of the good ones.
    My deepest sympathy to his children and his gf, Kelly.

    April 11, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      @ Banasy...are you serious??? OMG May he rest in peace.

      April 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It is true.
      Lee is gone.
      I shall miss him terribly.
      He was a very good man.

      My heart is broken for his children and his Kelly.
      I wish I knew how to ease their pain.

      April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    not me @ 9:27! @ CNN, can you PLEASE stop this troll crap? Today is definitely not the day for it.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nibbz

    the deal here is they just need to find out the facts of how this went down ok, i mean if the guy shot him without cause then yes throw the book at him, i dont care what color the victum or accused is, period. if someone is just walking down the street thats no excuse to start following him and start playing undercover cop, if the guy isnt doing anything leave them alone!! and yes im a white male so there, even if the victum started something the zimmerman guy shouldnt have approached him the atart with, and it just makes me wonder why no charges were filed to start with and now all of the sudden they charging him with 2nd degree murder, i think everyone sees the fatal flaws in the judicial system we have in place now, especially in different countys and states where they may differ soewhat, if zimmerman had just followed the 911 intrsuctions he d be ok, now he could be in jail for a long long time, Think before you act !!!!

    April 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |