Chile prosecutor drops probe in 2010 mine collapse

03.08.2013 01:08

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to 56 percent.A Chilean prosecutor has ended a probe of
possible responsibility for the mine collapse
that trapped 33 men for more than two
months in 2010, and the rescued miners
expressed anger at the decision on Thursday.
The cave-in at the San Jose mine in the
Atacama desert brought the mine’s safety
record into focus and put mining, Chile’s top
industry, under close scrutiny.
The decision by a prosecutor in the northern
region of Atacama to bring no charges
against the owners of the mine or
government regulators was announced late
Wednesday after a three-year investigation.
“This is a disgrace to Chile’s justice system,”
Mario Sepulveda, who became the public
face of the miners, told the Associated Press.
“It’s impossible that in an accident of this
magnitude no one is held responsible,”
Sepulveda said. “Today, I want to dig a deep
hole and bury myself again, only this time, I
don’t want anybody to find me.”
The miners said it felt like an earthquake
when the shaft caved in above them on Aug.
5, 2010, filing the lower parts of the copper
and gold mine with suffocating dust. Hours
passed before they could even begin to see a
few steps in front of them. Above them tons
of rock shifted constantly, threatening to
bury them forever.
People on the surface didn’t know for more
than two weeks that the men had survived
the collapse, and the 33 stretched a meagre
48-hour store of emergency food for 17 days,
eating tiny capsules of tuna and sips of
expired milk. A narrow shaft finally reached
their haven and the world learned they were
alive.
That shaft allowed food and water to reach
the men while rescuers drilled a bigger
escape hole. Finally, in a flawless operation
that ended in the early hours of Oct. 13, the
miners were hauled up one by one in a cage
through 600 metres of rock.