Vice President receives personnel and special excavation equipment from Canada for the rescue of miners

Santo Domingo.- The Vice President of the Republic, Rachel Penareceived this Sunday the trained personnel sent by the Federal Government of Canada, who arrived with the rescue equipment of the two trapped miners for a week in the underground mine of the Dominican Mining Corporation (CORMIDOM), in the Cerro de Maimón.

“A few days ago, from the Dominican Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our Embassy in Ottawa, we requested the collaboration of the Canadian Government, given the vast experience of said country in the mining sector and the bonds of friendship and cooperation that unite our peoples. Immediately, the Government of Canada responded affirmatively to our call, mobilizing resources”Pena said.

The Vice President explained that the President Luis Abinaderwho returns to the country tonight from Colombia, where he participated in the inauguration of President Gustavo Petro, has been constantly monitoring of the situation and in coordination of the arrival of the teams that are expected to facilitate the miners extraction.

The Vice President, who was accompanied by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, thanked the Government of Canada and its Embassy in the Dominican Republic, in the person of Maxime Bellemara, consul and first secretary; the CORMIDOM team, in the person of its vice president, Elizabeth Mena; to the Dominican diplomatic team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the embassy in Ottawa, for the support with the coordination for the arrival of the teams.

Almonte indicated that the machinery that arrived in the country is capable of tunneling two meters per hour “which means that we, who have less than twenty meters to reach and extract the miners, could achieve the objective in a very short time”.

President Luis Abinader, together with Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and the Ambassador to Canada, Michelle Cohen, held the request for help so that the miners can be rescued as safely and quickly as possible.

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft arrived at the Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport of the Americas at 9:28 at night, with more than 52,000 pounds of equipment, distributed in a Cubex Model 6200 drill, which weighs more than 25,000 pounds with its mast, and an R-110 Cover Booster. Also, 8,500-pound equipment reinforcements, along with tool boxes, rod racks, transformers and miscellaneous material, make up the rest of the equipment that will be used in the rescue.

The equipment to be used in the rescue operation was provided in a solidarity gesture of a humanitarian nature by the company Machines Roger International, a mining company based in Val-d’Or, Canada. Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has been at the forefront of cooperation to achieve the goal in a short time.

Canada’s aid to the Dominican Republic for the rescue of miners Gregory Alexander Méndez Torres and Carlos Yépez Ospina, is carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces and their counterparts in the Dominican Republic.

CORMIDOM, which manages and operates an underground metal mine in Cerro Maimón, Monseñor Nouel province, is a Dominican company with Chinese and Australian capital and shareholders.

Ambassador Cohen has been in direct contact with Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Díaz Morfa, Minister of Defense; Antonio Almonte Reynoso, Minister of Energy and Mines; Miguel de Peña, mining advisor to the Executive Power; Christine Laberge, Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Elizabeth Mena, Vice President of CORMIDOM.

The Vice President was accompanied by Amílcar Muñoz Noboa, FARD, Commander General of the Air Force of the Dominican Republic; Michelle Cohen, Dominican ambassador to Canada; Juan Esposito, director of relations with Canada at MIREX; Rolando Muñoz, General Director of Mining, and Jatzel Román, Vice Minister of Consular and Immigration Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also, Elizabeth Mena, Vice President of CORMIDOM; Liany Vásquez, Director of Immigration Control; Ángel Encarnación, Deputy General Director of Customs; Dionisio de la Rosa Hernández, deputy director general of SESAC; Venancio Alcántara, Director of Migration, and Major General Carlos Febrillet Rodríguez, General Director of SESAC.

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