Chile Sacks Top Mine Regulators as Attempts Continue to Save Trapped Miners

12 August 2010 (Last Updated August 12th, 2010 18:30)

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has sacked top officials from the country's mining regulator following efforts by rescue workers to save 33 trapped miners in a gold and copper mine. Pinera called for a restructure of Sernageomin, the national service of geology and mining, and for a te

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has sacked top officials from the country's mining regulator following efforts by rescue workers to save 33 trapped miners in a gold and copper mine.

Pinera called for a restructure of Sernageomin, the national service of geology and mining, and for a team of experts to work with the mining minister to ensure the restructuring happens as soon as possible, reports Reuters.

No contact has been made with the miners, who have been trapped since 5 August after a collapse inside the San Jose mine near the city of Copiapo.

Pinera said the mine's tunnels are being reinforced to allow rescuers to safely descend a ramp after an earlier attempt was foiled due to a fresh cave-in, reports Reuters.