Photo: Las Luces Mina, Chile
Seventeen miners were rescued in northern Chile on Sunday after becoming trapped in a copper mine earlier this weekend, police spokesmen told Efe.
The miners were trapped Saturday night at the Las Luces mine in Antofagasta region, located about 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) north of Santiago.
A crane caught fire, filling the mine’s entrance and interior with thick smoke and preventing the miners from leaving.
Rescue teams found the miners in the two protected areas where they spent the night.
The miners were transported to a clinic, but the men are all fine, police said.
Police, fire department and National Geology and Mining Service rescue teams were sent to the mine.
Rescue teams were in contact with the miners throughout the operation.