divers’ initial attempts to reach 10 miners trapped inside a flooded coal mine since last week had been thwarted by debris-filled shafts and poor visibility.
On Wednesday, they made four attempts and removed over a dozen pieces of wood and about 15 yards of hose, but they were ultimately unsuccessful.
“They found there wasn’t space to advance,” said Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval. They can’t make out details of their discoveries with the lights they’re carrying.
About 70 miles southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, on August 3rd, 15 miners were trapped inside a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila. Officials think the miners broke through a wall into another flooded area. Five miners made it out alive, but the remaining ten have not been heard from.
Authorities have spent the better part of a week attempting to reduce the water level in the flooded mine shafts by using dozens of pumps. Dives on Wednesday marked the first ever attempt to penetrate the mine.
Over Twitter on Wednesday, Coahuila Governor Miguel Riquelme announced that pumping would resume before any further attempts were made to gain entry.
Nine miners were killed in two separate cave-ins in Coahuila in June and July of 2021.
On February 19, 2006, an explosion killed 73 miners in the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila, Mexico’s worst mining accident. Eight people were rescued, some with critical burns. Only two survivors had their bodies found.
The highly technical process of recovering the remaining 63 bodies was promised two years ago by López Obrador’s administration.
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