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One of the trapped Dominican miners talks with his relatives

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Gregory Alexander Pérez, one of the two miners trapped for more than 60 hours at the Cerros mine in Maimón, Monseñor Nouel province, managed to communicate with his relatives by telephone.

“I finished eating almost right away,” he told his relatives, denoting good spirits despite the circumstances.

While his family, on the other end of the line, sent messages of encouragement and asked the miner questions to make sure he was feeding.

“You have to stay calm and eat, there are a lot of people out here working to get them out,” they told him.

The conversation, which was hopeful for his loved ones, did not last too long, in it you can also hear how the miner asks about his cell phone.

In the video that captured the call, you can also hear how a person asked the relatives not to extend the conversation because “they can exhaust him.”

Together with Gregory, Carlos Yepes, a Colombian national, has been trapped since dawn on Sunday. Both are currently 31 meters below the surface awaiting rescue.

Earlier, the director of Mining, Rolando Muñoz, said that the rescue of the two miners could take several days.

“The rescue work can take several days because special equipment and excavations are required, more than 70 men were fully integrated into the operation,” he said.

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