President Luis Abinader flew in on a helicopter. The President and Paul Marinko, president of Cormidom, the Chinese mining corporation, were all smiles when around 11:16am, the two workers trapped in a cave-in on Sunday, 31 July 2022 at 1am, walked out unharmed. All present, including the workers’ families, celebrated.
A team of around 100 Dominican and foreign workers had toiled for 9 days, 24 hours a day to establish a bypass to reach the miners at a distance of around 74 meters.
For the workers, 28-year old Gregory Méndez Torres and Colombian 37-year old Carlos Yepez Ospina, it was a long 10 days underground. The two worked at the Cormidom copper and zinc mine in Monseñor Nouel province. The two made it out in good health and good spirits.
The miners were reached on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 morning through a newly-dug rescue tunnel (Tunnel B), a whole ten days after they got caught underground after a rockslide, the Dominican Mining Corporation (Cormidom) said in a...