The Indian rescue services managed to rescue alive this Tuesday the 41 workers who had been trapped for 17 days in a tunnel under construction due to a collapse in Uttarajand, in northern India. All of them have finally managed to escape through a 90 centimeter diameter pipe as part of a series of extraction operations launched in the area, according to information from the Indian television network NDTV.
The process has dragged on as each of the workers — strapped to a stretcher — has been manually extracted through 60 meters of rock and debris. Upon their departure, all of them have been attended to by emergency teams. The work had been delayed after the drilling machine carrying out the escape route broke down last week, forcing a group of miners to manually complete work that involved not only removing rocks but also cutting metal. In the last two weeks, the workers had received food, water and oxygen and had contact with the outside, but the fear that their captivity would be prolonged had led the authorities to propose other possible formulas to get them out, including vertical drilling.