At least 24 people remain trapped after a cave-in at a gold mine on Nicaragua's northern Atlantic coast, authorities said Friday.

Two of those working at the time of the accident managed to get out, Gregorio Downs, spokesman for mining firm Hemco, told reporters.

The cave-in at the mine in the municipality of Bonanza was triggered by a landslide on nearby El Comal mountain, according to the local secretary of Nicaragua's governing Sandinista party, Junior Bendeck.

Hemco employees and government personnel are working to rescue the trapped men, Bendeck told Efe.

"We express our solidarity with these miners, their families and Bonanza, praying to God that all of our brothers who suffered this terrible accident escape with their lives," the Nicaraguan mining industry association said. EFE