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Mexico City, Aug 12 (EFE) .- Rescuers from the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) entered the collapsed mine in the Mexican state of Coahuila on three occasions this Friday, in which 10 miners have been trapped for a long time. 9 days but ran into more objects obstructing the entrance.

The removal of these obstacles delayed the entry of specialists to pit 2 of El Pinabete, a coal mine located in the municipality of Sabinas, Coahuila, and which collapsed due to a flood at 1:35 p.m. local time (6:35 p.m. GMT). last August 3.

This Friday, the National Civil Protection Coordinator (CNPC), Laura Velázquez, in a video call during the daily presidential conference, announced that “they were reviewing the possibility” that the rescue teams were “a few minutes away from entering the the three wells” and that the necessary resources were ready to initiate search and rescue actions.

Hours later, the CNPC reported that rescuers from the Mexican Army had descended three times to remove the obstacles.

“The Immediate Response Team for Emergencies and Disasters (ERIE) of the Ministry of National Defense has made three descents to well 2, removing elements that obstruct the entry of rescuers,” reported Civil Protection.

He added that “in the rescue of the workers of the El Pinabete mine, they work day and night, pumping uninterruptedly to reduce water levels.”

In the afternoon-night, intense rain in the municipality of Sabinas hindered the rescue work that will continue day and night.

For its part, the Coahuila state government recalled that the inter-institutional rescue team “has all the materials, technical equipment, and personnel to start the search and rescue work for the 10 miners.”

In addition, he warned that this Friday they would work to “have conditions that allow a safe descent of the rescue teams and begin the exploration, cleaning and assurance of the structural stability of the mine.”

He pointed out that the unified command determined that during the day, in pit 2 “work will be done on the removal of materials that are obstructing the accesses to the mine galleries, and it is expected that in the next few hours a crew will be able to descend of Sedena and volunteers for this access”.

The state government explained that in order to guarantee work safety, “it was decided to carry out gas measurements every half hour by engineers and rescue crews, which will allow determining the moment in which the conditions to carry out the descents are available.”

In the place there are more than 600 elements of the Armed Forces and civilians who have extracted water at an average of up to 300 liters per second.

This Friday, relatives and friends of the 10 trapped miners carried out a walk in the middle of prayers to ask for their relatives to stay alive and be rescued.

The collapse reactivated the controversy in Mexico due to the actions of the mining companies in the coal region, where more than 100 deaths of people dedicated to mining have been registered, according to the Pasta de Conchos Family, which brings together relatives of those who died in the 2006 collapse at the mine of that name.

Relatives have criticized the slowness of the rescue and the impunity of the Sabinas mine, while the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) of Mexico announced this Thursday that it will charge the owner of the collapsed mine for illegal exploitation.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador justified this Friday the slowness of the rescue because “the wells had a water depth of approximately 30 meters, so they have been lowering the water level, but there is still a long way to go.”

(c) EFE Agency




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