The rescue is underway to free eight miners trapped since Tuesday morning after a shaft collapsed inside a Cali coal mine.
The Red Cross, the Civil Defense, police and firefighters are taking part in the rescue to free the workers stuck 164ft inside the Los Limones mine. The mine is located in the village of Montebello on the outskirts of Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca department.
The cause of the collapse is still unknown but it is not being ruled out that it was caused by an accumulation of gases after a previous explosion, according to El Espectador.
Mayor of Cali Jorge Ivan Ospina said that the mine is legal and added that “The rescuers are removing rubble, propping up the mine shaft and fortunately the miners have a supply of oxygen. We know this because they have shouted to us.”