LIMA – The informal miner who was trapped in a cave-in at a southeastern Peruvian mine earlier this week was rescued Thursday by colleagues dispatched to the site from other mines in the region.
Medardo Gutierrez had been partially buried in the cave-in of a portion of the underground Luicho gold mine, located in the district of Colca, in Paucar del Sara Sara province.
Although Gutierrez suffered some bruises and cuts in the accident – the head of the Luicho Association of Informal Miners, Egidio Yauyos, told officials – after his rescue he was pronounced in “good” physical shape although he received first aid from paramedics from the Buenaventura mining company, that firm’s vice president of operations, Francois Muths, told Efe.
A team of eight miners from Buenaventura and a similarly-sized group from the Hochschild mining firm early on Thursday morning traveled to the mine to help rescue Gutierrez, a process that took almost all day, Muths said.
After the rescue, the miner will receive a medical exam at the hospital in Pausa to determine the extent of his injuries, according to RPP radio.
Energy and Mines Minister Jorge Merino also had dispatched his deputy minister, Guillermo Shinno, to Colca to coordinate the rescue effort.
The accident in Colca comes a week after Peruvian President Ollanta Humala personally led the rescue of nine men who spent five days trapped underground at a mine in the southern region of Ica.
The government has pledged to address safety issues surrounding informal, or unregulated, mining in Peru, especially in the southern part of the Andean nation. EFE