The director of a Polish copper mine said Wednesday rescue teams have recovered the bodies of the last three workers missing inside the mine after it caved in.
The discovery brought the death toll from the cave-in triggered by an earthquake on Tuesday night to eight.
Director Pawel Markowski called the miners' deaths the greatest tragedy for the copper mining company KGHM in 55 years.
Five other miners have been hospitalized but their lives are not in danger and a few others escaped unscathed.
Markowski said the victims ranged in age from 23 to 50. Rescuers used bare hands and light equipment in difficult conditions to reach the victims, he said