Chilean miners sue over disaster

The Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months have sued the Chile Government for negligence.

The 31 gold miners, who were trapped underground for 69 days after the San Jose gold mine collapsed, say there was a lack of security at the mine, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

They alleged that that the National Geology and Mines Bureau failed in its duty to carry out inspections of the mine’s stability and working conditions.

‘We want what we went through at the bottom of that mine to be recognised,” Luis Urzua, one of the trapped miners, said.

“We are here to say that the 31 of us wish that all our suffering, and the suffering of our families, is recognised.”

The mine collapsed on 5 August 2010, trapping the miners nearly 700 metres below ground.
They were rescued on 13 October in after a massive drilling and recovery effort.

Lawyers filing the suit are seeking $US540 000 in compensation for each miner.

Image: Al Jazeera

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