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Teams dig for miners in cave-in

Four bodies have been found and 10 miners rescued since the cave-in at a gold and copper mine Tuesday morning.

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Four bodies have been found and 10 miners rescued since the cave-in at a gold and copper mine Tuesday morning.

TIMIKA, Indonesia — Mining activities at a giant US-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia were halted Wednesday as rescuers using jacks, saws, and wheelbarrows dug through a caved-in mine tunnel looking for about 25 trapped workers, the mine operator said.

Four bodies have been found and 10 miners rescued since the cave-in occurred Tuesday morning. Oxygen was being pumped into the tunnel as the search continued, but the status of the trapped workers was not known.

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Heavy equipment cannot be used in the tight space, forcing rescuers to remove debris by hand, according to a statement from PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary that runs the Grasberg mine in remote Mimika district in Papua, the easternmost province in the vast archipelago nation. The mine is owned by Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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