At least 91 inmates escaped Thursday from a jail in northeastern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte after digging beneath the walls, Sputnik reported citing local media.
A tunnel of up to 130 feet was used in the mass escape, the Telesur news channel said. Inmates reportedly staged a brawl to distract prison guards.
Eight runaways were caught soon after security forces launched a manhunt spanning 36 towns on Rio Grande’s southern border with the neighboring state of Paraiba.
Prison authorities said escaped prisoners were met by accomplices in two cars and a bike and were given a change of clothes. Fourteen inmates escaped the same prison this January.