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Peru Mine Collapse: Rescuers Attempt to Free Trapped Miners

CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images(ICA, Peru) -- Workers at the Cabeza de Negro copper mine in southern Peru are racing to rescue nine miners who have been trapped since a shaft collapsed Thursday nearly 650 feet below the earth’s surface.

None of the miners were injured at the time of the collapse, according to BBC News, but tensions are rising both below and above the surface, where the families of the trapped miners have gathered to await any developments.

Rescue workers are currently feeding them oxygen and liquid through a tube, according to BBC.

The Peruvian government is seeking not only experts, but also heavy equipment, to speed up the rescue. They say the operation to save the trapped miners could take another three days.

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