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Colombia Finds All Nine Victims of Mine Accident

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 6:40am

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities say they have recovered the bodies of all nine victims of a coal mine collapse.

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Regional disaster response coordinator Gilberto Mazo says the last was removed from the El Desespero mine early Friday.

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The government mining agency says it is considering whether to permanently close the small mine about 150 miles (245 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Bogota. Twenty-two people worked

there.

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Agency officials say they have not yet determined the cause of Wednesday's accident, though Mazo says a survivor testified that miners hit a seam of water that flooded and collapsed the mine.

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