Rescuers free trapped Nicaraguan miners

Onlookers cheered as the miners emerged from their underground ordeal

Related Stories

Most of 24 trapped Nicaraguan gold miners have been freed after a mine collapse, officials said.

The miners were slightly dehydrated but otherwise in good health said Deputy Interior Minister Carlos Najjar.

It is not known if the remaining miners have been located yet.

They were trapped when a shaft at the El Comal mine collapsed after heavy rains on Thursday. The mine lies near Bonanza, a town 420km (260 miles) north-east of the capital Managua.

The men were reportedly freelance miners who were not directly employed by a mining company.

The mine's owner, Colombian firm Hemco, said it had recently found the mine to be unsafe.

It said it had warned miners against entering the mines after two men died in a landslide last month.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Latin America & Caribbean stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show

Programmes

  • Kinetic sculpture violinClick Watch

    The "kinetic sculpture" that can replicate digital files and play them on a violin

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.