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Peruvian Copper Miners Rescued

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 5:43am
the Associated Press

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Nine Peruvian miners have been rescued after five days trapped in an informal copper mine.

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All nine walked out of the mine without assistance on Wednesday morning through a reinforced tunnel that rescuers had built as they removed more than 26 feet (8 meters) of dirt and rock.

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President Ollanta Humala greeted the miners.

Humala had spent the night at the mine 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Lima.

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The miners were trapped by a cave-in triggered by an explosion they themselves had set.

They communicated with rescuers through a hose by which they also received food and medicine during their ordeal in a horizontal shaft dug into a mountainside.

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