Ecuador cave-in traps four miners

(Reuters) – A cave-in at an Ecuadorean gold mine trapped at least four workers on Friday and it was unclear if they were alive, authorities said.

The accident happened with the international spotlight on mining in the continent after this week’s spectacular and successful rescue of 33 Chilean miners buried deep underground for more than two months.

The miners in Ecuador — three locals and one from neighboring Peru — were trapped about 150 meters below the surface. The accident occurred early Friday in a southern coastal region near the Peruvian border.

“The information we have is that four people are trapped. They were working the night shift. There is no certainty they are alive. We are seeking information from the mine owners,” local provincial official Angel Camacho told Reuters.

Local media said water filtration or vibrations from explosives used in the mine could have caused the collapse.


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