Mexican miners complete 11 days trapped in 60m well

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After 11 days without hearing from their loved ones, relatives of Mexican miners trapped inside the El Pinabete mine are increasingly upset.

Rescue efforts are not progressing as quickly as families had hoped, a relative of trapped miner Enereida Toledo told Reuters on Sunday. Toledo added that the authorities have avoided giving the family members concrete answers about the situation of the rescue work.

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The 10 miners were trapped inside the Pinabete mine in the town of Sabinas, in the northwestern state of Coahuila, on August 3 when their excavation work caused a tunnel wall to collapse, causing three wells to flood.

Miner Gabriel Rodriguez Palomares, who is helping with the rescue efforts, said he needed more help and for authorities to allow specialists to descend into the mine.

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For the past week, officials and rescue workers have been pumping water out of the mine to allow rescuers into the chambers, but the Coahuila state government said in a tweet Sunday that the water level had risen.

They added that engineers and experts are working to discover the source of the increase and develop a new water harvesting strategy.

Source: CNN Brasil

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