LIMA – Three workers trapped by a cave-in at a mine in central Peru are dead, the regional emergency services chief told Canal N television on Friday.
Jose Luis Vicuña identified the victims of Thursday’s accident only as three men ages 19, 22 and 32.
Efforts to recover the bodies will likely not begin before early Saturday, as personnel must travel four-to-five hours on foot to reach the mine, he said.
Sources in the Peru National Police told Efe that officers at a precinct in the Lima municipality of Chaclacayo, which is closest to the mine, have organized a team of 40 people to hike to the scene of the disaster once the exact location is verified from the air.
Authorities were alerted to the cave-in by a miner who managed to get out in time and went to the Chaclacayo precinct to seek help for his trapped comrades. EFE