A manhunt has started for a Mexican criminal who has escaped from prison by tunnelling out of his cell.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison using a 1.5 kilometre tunnel that had its own lighting and air supply.
After eluding capture for 13 years, Guzman was arrested in February 2014. He is considered one of Mexico’s most dangerous criminals.
In his escape Guzman was seen on video entering his shower area at Altiplano prison. He was then gone by the time guards entered his cell.
Underneath the 50cm by 50cm hole in the shower area, guards found a 10m ladder leading to a expansive tunnel.
Inside the passage, guards found a motor bike mounted on rails probably used to cart off soil as well as equipment to aerate the tunnel.
The underground passage, 1.7 metres high and 70-80 centimetres wide, ended at an abandoned property near the local town.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wants a full investigation into the jailbreak.