Honduras losing hope in search for trapped miners

A police officer patrols the streets on July 20, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
A police officer patrols the streets on July 20, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/05 2:22 pm

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran officials say they are losing hope that any of eight still-trapped workers survived the collapse of small gold mine in the southern part of the country.

National emergency commission chief Moises Alvarado says that three days after the cave-in, "there is a strong, bad odor of death within the mine."

He told a news conference on Saturday that he's hoping for a miracle. But said "only a miracle would let us rescue them alive."

Eleven miners managed to escape immediately after Wednesday's collapse and three others were rescued on Friday.

 

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