August 6, 2022
At the request of the Dominican Government, under the direct coordination of President Luis Abinader; Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and Ambassador to Canada Michelle Cohen, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster will land with more than 52,000 pounds of equipment in the next few hours at Las Américas Airport.
OTTAWA, Canada.- The Federal Government of Canada agreed to a request for help presented by the Dominican Republic to provide equipment and trained personnel to help the rescue of two men who have been trapped for a week in the underground mine of the Dominican Mining Corporation (CORMIDOM) in Cerro de Maimón.
By direct intervention of President Luis Abinader, Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and the Dominican Ambassador to Canada Michelle Cohen, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster military aircraft will depart in the next few hours to the country loaded with a mining excavation system, made up of machines, tools, various rescue technologies with more than 52,000 lbs.
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 established in Val-d'Or, Canada. Canadian Foreign Minister Melaine Joly has been at the forefront of cooperation to achieve the goal in a short time.
Among the equipment carried by the aircraft -which would land at José Francisco Peña Gómez Las Américas International Airport- are a Cubex Model 6200 drill, which weighs more than 25,000 pounds with its mast, and a Booster R-110 Cubex, reinforcement of 8,500 pounds. Toolboxes, rod racks, transformers and miscellaneous material make up the rest of the equipment.
The aid to the Dominican Republic from Canada for the rescue of miners Gregory Alexander Méndez Torres and Carlos Yépez Ospina, is carried out in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces and their counterparts in the Dominican Republic.
CORMIDOM, which manages or operates an underground metal mine in Cerro Maimón, Monseñor Nouel province, is a Dominican company with Canadian capital and shareholders.
The aircraft will be taking off for the Dominican Republic this Sunday, August 7, 2022 from Val-d'Or Regional Airport, located five hours north of Ottawa, and landing at Las Américas International Airport in the afternoon of the same day.
The Dominican delegation has been in direct contact with Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Díaz Morfa, Minister of Defense, Antonio Almonte Reynoso, Minister of Energy and Mines; Rolando Muñoz, General Director of Mining; Miguel de Peña, mining advisor to the Executive Branch, Christine Laberge, Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Elizabeth Mena, Vice President of CORMIDOM.