Mexican authorities coordinate rescue to save 9 workers trapped in mine

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Civil protection officials from the government of Mexico and members of the Red Cross in the Mexican state of Coahuila are coordinating efforts to rescue at least nine workers who were trapped in a mining complex in the municipality of Sabinas.

Three wells with a depth of 60 meters were flooded with 34 meters of water. The accident took place over a week ago.

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During a conference given by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, General Agustín Radilla, Undersecretary of National Defense, explained that the miners were in pit number 1 working with hand tools when the walls of the tunnels collapsed.

Laura Velázquez, national coordinator for Civil Protection, gave details of the operation being carried out at the site.

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“It is important to point out that to get to the mines it is necessary to go down three wells, it is complicated, but we managed. At this point, the important thing is that the bombs sent to us by Conagua, which are helping us a lot, are being located. We are strategically placing pumps in each of these wells so that we can extract as much water as possible and have immediate access to the mines and rescue miners as quickly as possible,” he said.

The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) provides assistance in the area, along with the National Water Commission (Conagua) which, through the PIAE Management, provided 400 meters of hose and four firefighters who joined the rescue operations, with the extraction of water from the flooded mine.

There is no information on the health status of the miners and/or if they are alive.

Source: CNN Brasil

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