Miners Gregores Alexander Méndez Torres and Carlos Yépez had on them an oxygen system that only enabled them to continue breathing for two days. Diario Libre interviewed Dominican geologist Osiris de Leon who explained how the miners survived 10 days before being rescued from the underground mine in El Cerro de Maimón.
De León explained the rescuers were able to drill a 34-meter long and 64 millimeters diameter perforation some 36 hours after the collapse.
The cave-in had occurred on Sunday, 31 July 2022 at 1:00 a.m. on level 215 of the mine.
Méndez Torres, a Dominican national, and Yépez, a Colombian, were 95 meters from the impacted area and although they did not suffer any physical damage, the rocks hindered their exit.
Cormidom rescue teams used the pipe to deliver food and oxygen to the workers.
“We decided to drill a hole with one of the drills that the...
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