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9 miners trapped in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s mining minister has appealed to mining companies for heavy equipment and experts to free nine miners trapped for four days in an informal copper mine.

People work in a collapsed mine to rescue trapped miners in Ica, Peru, Saturday, April 7, 2012. According to Peruvians authorities, nine miners trapped since Thursday in a collapsed mine are being supplied with sports drinks, soup and food while police, firefighters and other workers work to free them. (AP Photo) PERU OUT - NO PUBLICAR EN PERU

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 mountain.

TV images of the effort showed firefighters Sunday chopping wooden beams to support the effort.

Thursday’s collapse occurred after a blast set by the miners themselves.

Rescuers have been able to communicate with the trapped miners and provide them with liquid sustenance through a tube.

Mining is the main engine of Peru’s economy, accounting for more than 60 percent of its exports.

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