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Dominican government estimates to rescue miners in 48 hours

With the arrival of a special excavation system from Canada, which allows tunneling more than two meters per hour, the Dominican government reported that it expects to be able to remove the miners Gregory Alexander Pérez and Carlos Yepes, trapped in the Cerro Maimón mine since the past. Sunday, before Tuesday.

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft arrived this Sunday at the Dr. Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of the Americas at 9:28 p.m. with more than 52,000 pounds of equipment, distributed in a Cubex Model 6200 drill, which weighs more than 25,000 pounds with its mast, and an R-110 Cubex Booster, 8,500-pound equipment reinforcement as well as tool boxes, rod racks, transformers and miscellaneous material make up the rest of the equipment that will be used in the rescue.

“According to the capacity of that machinery, we could have it before Tuesday, if everything goes as planned,” said the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, when asked when they could release the workers, who turned 8 days this Sunday. underground.

“We have less than 20 meters to reach and extract the miners, we could accomplish the big objectives in a very short time,” stressed the Minister of Energy and Mines Antonio Almonte.

The transfer of this machinery to the mine of the Dominican Mining Corporation (Cormidom) will be done in five hours, starting from the same night this Sunday.

From this Monday morning, the technicians who arrived in the country with the equipment will begin the assembly to start the excavation work.

The vice president highlighted the rapid and timely response of Canada to the call made by President Luis Abinader, to the request for equipment that will be able to get the two workers to the mainland.

“We are jointly responsible to the Cormidom company to really get these two miners out in good health as soon as possible,” said the vice president.

The equipment to be used in the rescue operation was provided in a solidarity gesture of a humanitarian nature by the company Machines Roger International, a mining company established in Val-d’Or, Canada. Canadian Foreign Minister Melaine Joly has been at the forefront of cooperation to achieve the goal in a short time.

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The aid to the Dominican Republic from Canada for the rescue of miners Gregory Alexander Méndez Torres and Carlos Yépez Ospina, is carried out in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces and their counterparts in the Republic. Dominican.

They accompanied Vice President Amilcar Muñoz Noboa, Commander General of the Air Force of the Dominican Republic; Michelle Cohen, Dominican ambassador to Canada; Juan Esposito, director of relations with Canada for Mirex; Rolando Muñoz, General Director of Mining and Jatzel Román, Vice Minister of Consular and Immigration Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Also, Elizabeth Mena, Vice President of CORMIDOM; Liany Vásquez, Director of Immigration Control; Ángel Encarnación, deputy director general of Customs; Dionisio de la Rosa Hernandez, deputy director general of Cesac; Venancio Alcántara, Director of Migration and Major General Carlos Febrillet Rodriguez, General Director of Cesac.

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