The first 11 of 24 miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued, and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. The men had been trapped for more than 24 hours. (August 29)
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Bonanza, Nicaragua - 29 August 2014
Various shots of scene with miners being rescued, carried out on stretchers or escorted by rescuers.
The first 11 of 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said.
The men walked out of the mine on their own as their relatives and fellow miners cheered late Friday night, more than 24 hours after a collapse at the El Comal gold and silver mine in the town of Bonanza left them cut off in a mine shaft.
Interior Vice Minister Carlos Najar said the miners were a bit dehydrated but in good health.
The miners were checked by paramedics and taken to a clinic in Bonanza, which is located about 260 miles (420 kilometers) northeast of Managua.