20 May 2013

Company outlines difficulties rescuing trapped Papuan miners

7:55 pm on 20 May 2013

A spokesperson for Freeport McMoran's mine operations in Indonesia's Papua province says an emergency response team is inching closer to the bodies which remain trapped underground at the mine.

38 workers were trapped when an underground tunnel, which is part of a training facility, collapsed following a landslide almost a week ago.

So far ten people have been rescued alive and 14 bodies recovered.

A Freeport spokesperson, Daisy Priyamanti, says that due to debris and falling rocks blocking access, the response team faces huge difficulties in reaching the remaining workers.

"They are now quite close to the location as they were able to bring in heavy equipment to basically get rid of the heavy rocks so that they're able to get access to the location. They've actually mentioned that they could see bodies from a distance and that they're trying to get closer to those and evacuate them as soon as possible."

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Daisy Priyamanti