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Two missing Ecuadorian miners found dead

10-21-2010 13:56 BJT

QUITO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of two missing miners were found on Wednesday in an Ecuadorian gold mine which collapsed last week, local media reported.

Rescuers had been making every effort to reach the collapsed shaft, where the missing two were thought to be working.

President Rafael Correa visited the mine and said the rescuers had done all humanly possible to rescue the trapped miners.

Four night shift miners were trapped on Friday some 150 meters underground in Casa Negra mine in El Oro province, about 400 km southwest of the capital. Two of them were found dead by the rescuers on Saturday.

The authorities still held hope of finding the two miners alive earlier Wednesday afternoon.

Correa traveled to the mine near the town of Portovelo in the province as the rescuers were reaching close to the place where two miners were allegedly trapped.

Correa consoled relatives of the trapped miners and said that the authorities would start the investigations to determine the causes of the collapse which occurred on Friday at 3:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT).

Officials have blamed the accident on water leaks.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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