One of the tunnel boring machines used in the construction works of the Los Alcarrizos Metro will participate in the rescue efforts of the two miners who are trapped in the Cerro de Maimón mine, Monseñor Nouel province, President Luis Abinader reported Thursday.
The president made the announcement during a visit to the copper and zinc deposit of the Dominican Mining Corporation (Cormidom), where he had the opportunity to communicate with the trapped workers, whom he found “in very good spirits” and with “a lot of hope”, reiterated on several occasions.
Regarding the work to access the place where the Colombian expert Carlos Yepez Ospina and the Dominican mine assistant Gregory Méndez Torres are located, Abinader pointed out that, in addition to the two routes already reported by the company, they are working with the Government Canadian in a third access to that point of the excavation.
To these works will be added, between this afternoon and tomorrow, a tunnel boring machine of the Los Alcarrizos Metro to excavate the last part of one of those three access roads, explained the president, who at all times was optimistic with the evolution of the works rescue.
When he spoke with Yepez Ospina and Méndez Torres, Abinader promised to receive them at the National Palace once they are removed from the interior of the cavity, in which they were trapped last Sunday as a result of a rock fall on level 215 of the mine, 95 meters from the area where they were working.
According to the company, their health is good, they are regularly provided with food, water and medicine, and they even have a cell phone to entertain themselves while they are trapped in that area, which is wide, “it is quite controlled and there are no problems. of oxygen.”
In addition, psychological support is being provided to the two workers, their families and other employees of the mining company.
Those responsible for Cormidom assured that “everything humanly possible” is being done so that the rescue is quick and safe for both the trapped miners and the rescuers, who work 24 hours a day to free the two workers.
They also highlighted that the company complies with all international risk standards, and that an investigation will be carried out because that part of the deposit collapsed, emphasizing the idea that underground mining is increasingly technically advanced.
Some 70 people participate in the rescue work, led by specialized technicians from the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Peru, and although progress is being made at a good pace, the technicians stated last Tuesday that the rescue could last several weeks.