Relatives and friends of eight miners trapped in a gold
mine affected by a landslide pray during a mass in San Juan
Arriba, in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa. Photo by Reuters
Rescue workers have ended their search for eight missing
miners trapped last week by a landslide at an illegal Honduran
Eleven miners were initially trapped when the entrance to the
mine in San Juan Arriba was suddenly blocked off by the
landslide last Wednesday (local time).
Rescuers freed three of the miners on Friday but held out
little hope for the other eight, despite slow-moving efforts
over the weekend to find them.
"The search and rescue operation has been definitively
suspended due to the danger of further landslides in the
mine. We can't risk more lives," said emergency services
spokesman Ulises Alvarado.
Emergency workers said they smelled foul odors coming from
the mine during a search on Friday.
Officials said the mine, about 110km south of the Central
American nation's capital Tegucigalpa, had been ordered to
close a few months ago because it was unsafe.
The incident occurred in a drought-stricken region of
Honduras that was once a gold mining center for Spanish
colonists. The rise in gold prices in recent years had
spurred dozens of small mines to open in the area.