Peru Miners Rescued

By the Associated Press | April 11, 2012 | 9:26 AM EDT

An unidentified miner, left, is helped by an emergency worker after being rescued from the Cabeza de Negro gold-and-copper mine in Yauca del Rosario, Peru, Wednesday April 11, 2012. Nine miners had been trapped inside a wildcat mine since April 5. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Nine Peruvian miners have been rescued after five days trapped in an informal copper mine.

All nine walked out of the mine without assistance on Wednesday morning through a reinforced tunnel that rescuers had built as they removed more than 26 feet (8 meters) of dirt and rock.

President Ollanta Humala greeted the miners.

Humala had spent the night at the mine 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Lima.

The miners were trapped by a cave-in triggered by an explosion they themselves had set.

They communicated with rescuers through a hose by which they also received food and medicine during their ordeal in a horizontal shaft dug into a mountainside.