Quantcast
Home » News
Home » News

Survivors unlikely after Colombia mine collapse

Published May 3, 2014 9:53 pm
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Bogota, Colombia • Authorities have given up hope of finding alive 13 missing miners trapped under 20 meters of heavy debris after a gold mine collapsed in southwest Colombia.

"I pray to God for survivors but it's impossible," said Eduardo Grijalba, mayor of the rural town of Santander de Quilichao where the tragedy took place Wednesday night.

The bodies of three people were pulled from the ruble on Thursday but since then rescue workers have been unable to dig to where the men were trapped.



Mining accidents are common in Colombia, especially at wildcat mines like this one in areas dominated by criminal gangs.

Grijalba is pleading with President Juan Manuel Santos to help end illegal mining in the town after failed efforts by local authorities to shut down the mine that collapsed.

 

 

 

 

 

USER COMMENTS
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus