Miners in Mexico trapped by floods

The accident was reported on Wednesday afternoon, when miners encountered a deserted, flooded tunnel, authorities said.

Rescuers managed to get five people out of the mine on Wednesday and are now working to pump water from the flooded area, according to the National Civil Protection coordinator, Laura Velasquez, who is supervising the rescue.

“We haven’t slept, we’re working day and night without interruption,” Velasquez said Thursday.

“We are strategically placing pumps in each of these wells so that we can extract as much water as possible, have immediate access to the mines and rescue the miners as quickly as possible,” she said.

General Augustin Radilla said six special forces divers joined early Thursday morning rescue operations. However, there has been no update of their findings yet.

“They say the water is rising … I want my husband to come out fine,” Erica Escobedo, the wife of one of the trapped miners, told Reuters.

She told the news agency that she spent “all night watching the rescue efforts at the site.”

The governor of the states of Coahuila and Zaragoza, Miguel Riquelme, traveled Thursday to the municipality of Sabinas, where the mine is located.

Five pumps for extracting water with a capacity of 150 horsepower are currently operating, and other submersible pumps are being installed that are sent by companies in the area, thus continuing the rescue efforts. wrote on Twitter.
Mexican soldiers doing rescue work in a coal mine.

Spinas is no stranger to mining tragedies. In 2006, a local mine explosion killed 65 people. In 2011, 14 miners were trapped and confirmed dead after another mine exploded in Spinas.

According to a statement issued by Minister of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexicothe mine in which the ten are currently trapped only began operations in January, and “has no record of complaints of any kind.”

At his daily press conference on Thursday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said any investigation into the mine would only come after the rescue was over.

“Officials, permits, inspections, everything, all of that, we’ll leave on after. We already have the basic information,” he said.

“But let’s not talk about it now, let’s look to save the miners.”

Additional reporting by Daniela Gonzalez Roman in New York City and Carol Suarez in Mexico City. Previous reporting was co-reported by Gustavo Valdes and Marlon Sorto.

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