(CNN)After Mexico’s most notorious drug lord stepped into a shower and slipped into a tunnel to escape from a maximum-security prison, authorities vowed it wouldn’t be long before the Sinaloa cartel chief was behind bars again.

Guards last saw Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Saturday night, when he escaped through a hole in the shower area of his cell block at the Altiplano Federal Prison that led to a lighted and ventilated tunnel nearly a mile long, Mexico National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido García said.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said a massive manhunt was underway to find Guzman.

Speaking to reporters Sunday from France, where he is traveling on a state visit, Peña Nieto avoided mentioning the drug lord by name, but he said he was closely following news of the escape of a man who has been among the most wanted criminals in Mexico and around the world.

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