Crews rescued 20 workers who had been trapped in a collapsed gold and silver mine.
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Crews rescued 20 workers who had been trapped in a collapsed gold and silver mine.

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19 have been released from hospitals, government website says

The mine collapsed Thursday

The miners spent 34 hours trapped in the silver and gold mine near Bonanza

An unknown number of miners escaped after the collapse

CNN —  

Twenty workers were trapped and three missing Friday in Nicaragua after a collapse in a gold and silver mine, according to state media.

Five to eight miners remain trapped in the mine near Bonanza in the northern mountains, first lady Rosario Murillo said. The nation’s first lady also serves as a government spokeswoman. The number of workers in the mine at the time of the collapse is unclear.

“Right now we are giving infinite thanks to God and the Virgin for having saved from almost certain death 20 brother miners,” the first lady earlier told El 19 Digital.

A government website said 19 of the 20 miners who were rescued have been released from hospitals.

Since its collapse Thursday, they had spent 34 hours trapped in the silver and gold mine. An unknown number of miners escaped and are undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

“They are talking and calling out for help. Some colleagues have gotten very close to them through a tunnel and have heard their screams,” said Solórzano. The miners, she said, are in “optimal” condition and receiving water.

Their screams were heard by fellow workers who used a tunnel to get close to where they were trapped, government spokeswoman Milagros Solórzano told El 19 Digital.

The country’s civil defense, army and members of the mining company EMCO are collaborating on the rescue, according to the report.

CNN’s Mayra Cuevas, Radina Gigova and Samantha Lugo contributed to this report.