On Friday, water in shaft number two reached a height of 70 centimeters and is now at 12.92 meters, an official statement said. According to him, technicians are now assessing the situation and trying to find out the reason for the sudden rise in the water level.
The accident happened in the El Pinabete coal mine in the north of the country in the state of Coahuila. Relatives of the missing men asked for help and acceleration of rescue operations on Saturday. At a press conference, their representatives expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s slow response.
The divers’ attempt to reach the miners on Thursday was thwarted by poor visibility and the blocking of the shaft by waste.
Civil defense coordinator Laura Velázquez said Friday that rescuers have everything they need to resume the search. She admitted that the divers had failed to reach the bottom of the shaft and that she did not know when they would try again.
Several hundred people are involved in the rescue, in addition to rescuers, soldiers and military divers. Velázquez said they were removing debris and wood blocking access to the shaft and that water was still being pumped out. There were no signs from the mine confirming that the miners were alive.
The cause of the accident is considered to be the accidental breaking of one of the mine’s chambers filled with water. Five miners managed to reach the surface. Those familiar with the shaft give others hope that the miners may have been saved in some upper part of the mine that is not flooded.
Coahuila is Mexico’s main coal mining region. There have been several incidents where miners have died in recent years. The El Pinabete mine has only been operating since January and so far there has been no accident.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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