Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Body recovered by mine rescuers

Miners show Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, left, the work being done to rescue a trapped miner at the Casa Negra mine in Portovelo, Ecuador (AP)

Rescuers have found the body of the third of four miners missing following a cave-in at a gold mine in southern Ecuador.

The bodies of two of the missing miners were found the day after a tunnel collapsed 490 feet underground at the Casa Negra mine near Portovelo, 250 miles southwest of Quito.

Rescuer Georgi Ramirez told Ecuavisa television that workers had found the third miner and were still looking for the fourth.

Earlier, President Rafael Correa visited the mine and said "all that was humanly possible" was being done to find the miners. The mine was operated by local company Minesadco.

Ecuador's mine tragedy follows Chile's rescue of 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days.

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