Rescuers race to free miners trapped in flooded mine in Mexico

The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon, when the miners encountered an deserted tunnel with water that flooded the mine, authorities mentioned.

Rescuers managed to extract 5 individuals from the mine on Wednesday, and at the moment are working to pump water out of the flooded space, in keeping with Nationwide Coordinator of Civil Safety, Laura Velazquez, who’s overseeing the rescue operation.

“Now we have not slept, we’re working day and evening, uninterrupted,” mentioned Velazquez on Thursday.

“We’re strategically placing pumps in every of those wells to have the ability to extract the best quantity of water and have instant entry to the mines and rescue the miners as quickly as potential,” she mentioned.

Early on Thursday morning, six particular forces divers joined the rescue operations, Basic Agustin Radilla mentioned. There was no replace on their findings as of but, nevertheless.

“They are saying the water is rising…I need my husband to return out all proper,” mentioned the spouse of 1 trapped miner, Erika Escobedo, to Reuters.

She advised the information company that she had spent “all evening watching rescue efforts on the web site.”

Governor Miguel Riquelme, of Coahuila and Zaragoza state, traveled on Thursday to the municipality of Sabinas the place the mine is situated.

“5 water extraction pumps totaling 150 horsepower are at present working and different submersible pumps are being put in, that are being despatched by firms within the area and thus proceed with the rescue efforts,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mexican soldiers do rescue work at the coal mine.

Sabinas isn’t any stranger to mining tragedies. In 2006, an explosion in a neighborhood mine killed 65 individuals. In 2011, 14 miners had been trapped and confirmed lifeless following one other mine blast in Sabinas.

In accordance a press release launched by Mexico’s Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, the mine the place the ten are at present trapped solely started operations in January, and “doesn’t have a historical past of complaints for any sort of anomaly.”

In his each day press briefing on Thursday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned any investigation into the mine would come solely after the rescue operation had concluded.

“These accountable, the permits, the inspections, all the pieces, all of that, we’re leaving till after. We have already got the essential info,” he mentioned.

“However let’s not speak about that now, let’s look to avoid wasting the miners.”

Reporting contributed by Daniela Gonzalez-Roman in New York Metropolis and Karol Suarez in Mexico Metropolis. Earlier reporting by Gustavo Valdes and Marlon Sorto.

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