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Honduras losing hope in search for trapped miners

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Photo - Nehemias Chavarria is carried by rescue workers from a gold mine after a landslide in San Juan Arriba, Choluteca in southern Honduras, Friday July 4, 2014. Three miners were rescued Friday after spending more than two days trapped following a collapse at a small, wildcat gold mine. Eight others remain missing. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Nehemias Chavarria is carried by rescue workers from a gold mine after a landslide in San Juan Arriba, Choluteca in southern Honduras, Friday July 4, 2014. Three miners were rescued Friday after spending more than two days trapped following a collapse at a small, wildcat gold mine. Eight others remain missing. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran officials say they are losing hope that any of eight still-trapped workers survived the collapse of small gold mine in the southern part of the country.

National emergency commission chief Moises Alvarado says that three days after the cave-in, "there is a strong, bad odor of death within the mine."

He told a news conference on Saturday that he's hoping for a miracle. But said "only a miracle would let us rescue them alive."

Eleven miners managed to escape immediately after Wednesday's collapse and three others were rescued on Friday.

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