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Peru seeks help to free 9 trapped miners

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Two miners looking at the mine where nine miners remain trapped since April 5 in Quilque, Peru. The nine workers talked with a Peruvian radio station and are waiting to be rescued.

Paul Vallejos / EPA

View of the camp near the tunnel where nine miners remain trapped in the town of Quilque, in Ica, Peru.

AP reports: LIMA, Peru —

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A Peruvian miner takes a rest from rescue works in the tunnel where nine miners remain trapped.

Peru's government appealed to mining companies on Sunday for heavy equipment and experts to help free nine miners trapped for four days in an informal copper mine.

Several dozen rescue workers have been using pickaxes and shovels to try to remove the 26 feet (eight meters) of collapsed earth and rock blocking the entrance of the mine, whose horizontal shaft is dug into a mountainside 175 miles (280 kilometers) southeast of Lima.


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Mariana Bazo / Reuters

Workers carry mattresses and provisions for rescue workers and relatives of miners that are trapped.