Three people die of alleged suffocation in a mine in southern Ecuador

Stock image of a gas leak in a mine.

Three people were found dead inside a gold mine in the south of Ecuador, apparently by inhale toxic gaseslocal media reported.

The mine is located in the Chinapintza sector, in the province of Zamora Chinchipe and their bodies were rescued by members of the Army, the Police, and the Fire Department from several cantons in the area.

According to the newspaper El Telégrafo, the evidence suggests that the three died of asphyxiation after inhaling toxic gases when they were trapped in the mine, in which they would have been working illegally.

The victims, between 18 and 40 years old, have been identified as José Latacela, Joel Loayza and Benito Minga, from the Piñas and Yacuambi sectors.

Although in principle the remains show no signs of violence, the Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the event and the remains have been transferred to the Legal Medicine Unit of neighboring Loja, always according to the version of that newspaper.

The remains were found, according to the newspaper El Comercio, by a worker, who was the one who alerted the authorities and the mine owners.


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