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20 rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for five missing comrades

Published on Aug 31, 2014 4:34 AM
A rescued miner (right) waits to be discharged from hospital to go back home, in Bonanza, northeastern Nicaragua, on August 30, 2014. Rescuers in Nicaragua on Friday rescued 20 miners who had been trapped deep underground for nearly two days after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine, but five others were still missing. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AFP) - Twenty workers dramatically rescued from a collapsed Nicaraguan gold mine joined frantic efforts to find five comrades still missing after the cave-in, officials said Saturday.

The rescued men were hauled out of the unlicensed gold mine one-by-one late on Friday after being buried in a collapse at the unlicensed pit a day earlier.

After being treated in hospital overnight, several of the men were discharged on Saturday and swiftly joined efforts to locate five men still feared trapped.

"The boys spent the night under observation in the hospital, where they were treated for dehydration," said Gregorio Rocha, a spokesman for the mining company HEMCO which is involved in rescue efforts.

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