Chilean miner trapped almost 1,000 feet underground after mine collapses

Published March 25, 2013

| Associated Press

Authorities in Chile say rescue workers are trying to free a man trapped 300 meters (984 feet) underground following a collapse in a mine in the same Atacama region where 33 miners were buried for 69 days in 2010.

Regional mining secretary Mario Lopez Cid says the 42-year-old miner survived the collapse in the Victoria mine, 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the city of Vallenar, by taking refuge in a secondary tunnel.

Lopez said Monday on his twitter account that the trapped miner, Mario Torres Lopez, was responding to sound signals made by rescuers.

Firefighters and special police units were trying to clear the rubble in the collapsed man by hand.

In August 2010, between Vallenar and Copiapo, a mine collapse trapped 33 workers and their rescue became news worldwide.

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