Increased impatience among the families of the trapped miners in Mexico

SABINAS, Mexico (AP) – Family members became desperate on Saturday next to a coal mine in northern Mexico where 10 miners have been stranded for more than three days as officials tried to stop water leaks and raise flood levels further. Intensified efforts to reduce more quickly. Wells and rescue divers can enter.

In the morning, President Andres Manuel López Obrador predicted that Saturday would be “a pivotal day because, according to technicians, it would be known whether there was any possibility that divers would enter without risk.”

But as night went on, only official information emerged that officials had projected a camera through a well to see the conditions inside, Mexico’s Civil Defense reported on its Twitter account.

Workers were trapped in the Sabinas Municipality in the northern state of Coahuila on Wednesday afternoon when their mine collapsed. They fled to the adjoining area filled with water, which collapsed, flooding three wells.

Of the 15 miners working at the time of the collapse, only five managed to get out and alert the authorities.

Although the chances of him being found alive are remote, the kin are clinging to the comments made by some of the survivors and do not lose hope.

“Those who managed to climb up and know the terrain said that there was an air pocket in La Campana (called a field). Therefore, if (the water) sweeps them over the edge of the vine, there is hope, said Blanca Rivera, who has two cousins, at the mine on Friday night.

The surrounding wells, 60 meters deep, are connected by underground passages that were filled with 34 meters of water. Although there are about 400 rescuers—military, police and civilians—and extraction pumps that do not stop working, the level drops very slowly as water exits from one side, entering from the other.

As explained to the press by Coahuila’s labor secretary, Nazira Zogbi, the priority is to identify where the water is getting filtered. He said that according to all the engineers and experts at the site, the strongest hypothesis so far is that the leak is from a nearby mine, which is being shut down.

Miners working in this type of shaft usually work without safety measures and without maps and during excavation they often run into the walls of old mines which are usually filled with water, which is why they Accidents are common.

As the desperation grew, some like Santiago Cecilio Moreno – stranded with his brother and nephew – tried to encourage the rest and were ready to go down with the divers and help in the rescue, as he was also a is a miner.

“I tell relatives to calm down because we have to wait,” he said. Moreno insisted that, although Senna has more experience in diving, he can cooperate because he knows better how to work there and is not intimidated.

Even when it was night on Saturday, it could not be said that the water level had dropped enough for a dive.

The president insisted the work would continue “day and night” and assured officials that adequate resources were being allocated to the rescue, which has been happening since Friday night behind some of the black plastic that protects the area of ​​operations. and where only a few relatives enter directly from trapped miners.

“They tell us one thing and after three hours they tell us another,” Rivera complained. “There’s no progress.”

Between June and July last year, two mines in Coahuila had landslides that killed nine miners, but the worst accident in recent history in Mexico occurred in 2006 at the Pasta de Conchos mine, where an explosion killed 65 miners. It was done Only two bodies were recovered and the rest are still underground.

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