The New York Times | 6/22/2010 12:00:00 AM
Colombia Rescuers Dig For Dead After Mine Blast
June 22--Colombian rescuers Monday vowed to pull out the remaining bodies from a coal mine so that distraught relatives can give them a proper burial after an explosion killed some 70 miners.
"We are working as hard as possible so they can give a proper Christian burial to all of those who lost their lives down in the mine," said Dario Vieira, head of a rescue team struggling with gas build-ups in the mine to recover bodies.
"The president has ordered us to retrieve all the bodies and that's what we will do," he told Reuters by telephone.
President Alvaro Uribe met relatives of the workers at the Carbones San Fernando mine during the weekend in Amaga, a rural town ringed by coal mines that have claimed many lives in the past. Coal mining is one of the world's most dangerous jobs, especially in China where explosions and accidents are common.
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