Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped (PHOTOS)

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  • Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped
    A child sits as he looks at miners and rescue workers the site of a landslide at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at a small gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, collapsed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
  • Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped
    A miner holds a torch to illuminate the area through a crack on the floor at the site of a landslide at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at a small gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, collapsed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
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    Miners and rescue workers stand at the site of a landslide at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at a small gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, collapsed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
  • Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR Miners rest inside a makeshift tent at the site of a landslide at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at a small gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, collapsed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
  • Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped
    Miners and rescue workers stand at the entrance of a gold mine blocked by a landslide in San Juan Arriba, outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at an illegal gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba collapsed on Wednesday. Officials said the mine, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, had been ordered to close a few months ago because it was unsafe. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER)
  • Honduran Gold Mine Caves in; 8 Rescued, 3 Remain Trapped
    Miners and residents take cover from rain under umbrellas at the site of a landslide at a gold mine in San Juan Arriba, outskirts of Tegucigalpa July 3, 2014. Rescuers labored with pickaxes and shovels to dig out 11 miners trapped by a landslide at an illegal gold mine in southern Honduras, and are close to reaching three of the workers, officials said on Thursday. The workers were trapped when the entrance of the mine in San Juan Arriba collapsed on Wednesday. Officials said the mine, 110 km (70 miles) south of the capital Tegucigalpa, had been ordered to close a few months ago because it was unsafe. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera (HONDURAS - Tags: DISASTER)
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At least three people remain trapped when a gold mine in southern Honduras caved-in on Wednesday. Eight have been successfully rescued.

The workers of the gold mine near the town of El Corpus, Honduras, 70 miles from Tegucigalpa, the country's capital, were inside when a landslide blocked the mine's exit.

The eight men have been trapped for 26 hours before their rescue. Emergencies Commission director Moises Alvarado told AP they have been taken to a hospital. At least one is being treated for bone fractures.

"We have had contact with three of the workers that are trapped and we are working carefully removing earth and stone to reach and rescue them," Lieutenant Manuel de Jesus Reyes, a firefighter in the nearby city of Choluteca, was quoted by The Mirror.

Rescue workers composed of over 300 Red Cross volunteers, firefighters and people were using picks and shovels to reach the miners because the mine "is unstable and could further collapse," fire department spokesman Oscar Triminio told AP, stressing the accident occurred in a vertical tunnel at about 80m (260ft) deep.

"The situation is complex, it is difficult because the tunnels are narrow, they branch off in a number of directions," Moises Alvarado, a senior emergency services official in the region, told Reuters.

Informal mines are common in Honduras. This particular mine however, according to Honduran deputy Environment Minister Carlos Pineda, was illegal and had been ordered closed by mining authorities several months ago.

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