SANTIAGO – Two miners trapped 190 meters (623 feet) underground following a collapse at a mine in northern Chile were rescued early Wednesday and are in good condition, regional officials said.
“After 14 hours of work, the two workers that were trapped were rescued successfully,” Antofagasta Gov. Arturo Molina said.
“The workers are slightly dehydrated and were taken to the hospital in Taltal for a medical examination,” the governor said.
The collapse at the Julia mine near Taltal, a city located some 1,100 kilometers (about 685 miles) from Santiago, occurred on Tuesday and initially involved four miners.
Two of the miners, however, managed to make their way to safety shortly after the accident.
The mine collapse was caused by “a tightening of minerals, some kind of fracturing,” Taltal Mayor Sergio Orellana said.
National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN) experts, meanwhile, said the cause of the mine collapse was still under investigation.