Two miners were rescued this Tuesday in Dominican Republic after remaining 10 days trapped in a copper and zinc deposit, without apparent injuries, the company reported.
“The rescue occurred at 11:16 [15h16 GMT] (…) after accessing them through the new diversion tunnel referred to as Rescue Route B, one of the two routes that had been created since the beginning of the rescue plan,” the Dominican Mining Corporation (CORMIDOM) reported in a statement. ), which is operated by a Canadian dealership.
Gregores Méndez, a Dominican, and Carlos Yépez Ospina, a Colombian, were trapped on July 31 in this mine, located in Cerro de Maimónsome 80 km north of Santo Domingo, after a rock slide, the company said.
More than 70 underground mining experts participated in the rescue, along with another 40 technicians from different areas. A Canadian military plane had arrived on Sunday with 26 tons of machines, tools and technology for the rescue.
The President Luis Abinader published a video in which he greeted Méndez and Yépez, who appeared smiling and with good faces.
“The whole country was watching you, very happy,” the president told them. “We are extremely grateful.”
Both were airlifted to a medical center for check-ups.
Before leaving, Abinader prayed with them and the rescue teamand posed for photos.
Yepez said in the video that they had “good conditions in the tunnel: ventilation, hydration, food, everything.” “We were also sleeping comfortably, that made the stay not so bad,” although “the first few days were heartbreaking.”
The press did not have access to the rescue area.
Abinader had already visited the mine on Thursday and spoke with the two workers over the radio.
CORMIDOM has one of the main concessions in the country, with 3,400 hectares, according to its website, which does not specify production data.
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The company said in the statement, citing its president Paul Marinko, that “it complies with international standards in terms of security and emergencies.”