AMLO: today is a decisive day in the rescue of the 10 miners trapped in Coahuila

Ten workers have been trapped in a tunnel since August 3.  REUTERS/Luis Cortes
Ten workers have been trapped in a tunnel since August 3. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

The president of the Republic, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorpointed out that this Saturday is a decisive day in the rescue efforts “Because, according to the technicians, it will be known if there is a possibility that divers will enter without risk”.

The Executive stressed that work continues day and night to rescue the miners of Sabinas, Coahuila. The main problem is flooding, although the pumping equipment is sufficient and of the highest capacity.

This Friday, during his morning conference, López Obrador asked the relatives of the victims of the collapse No lose faith and assured that a team of specialists is working on the rescue.

For his part, the Governor of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelmereported that some water pumps were replaced to increase the pumping capacity by 60% and added that a hole was made to enter more pumps that are already available.

The ten miners remain trapped in a tunnel about 50 meters deep after an explosion that occurred on August 3 in the afternoon, caused the collapse of a wall and with it a flood, since several tunnels were filled with water from the Sabinas River.

A rescue team made up of specialized divers, belonging to the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena)is in the Las Conchas mine waiting for the pumping work to progress so that the water level drops and thus make a safe entrance to the tunnels in which ten workers are trapped.

Sedena personnel work on the site to rescue 10 trapped miners (Photo: Sedena)
Sedena personnel work on the site to rescue 10 trapped miners (Photo: Sedena)

In accordance with Laura Velázquez Alzúa, head of Civil Protection of the federal government, the accident site is located 350 meters from a tributary of the Sabina River and 370 meters from the Concha Norte mine. Three wells are located at this site of the incident, which are flooded.

For this reason, the rescue work began with the installation of pumps in order to lower the water mirror so that the search and rescue forces can enter safely to the mine.

(Illustration: Jovani Pérez / Infobae)
(Illustration: Jovani Pérez / Infobae)

Civil Protection considers that the Conchas Norte mine is connected to the Pinabet minee, however, until this Friday the water level in the tunnels had been reduced from 34 to 30 meters

On the site are 18 pumping equipment, of which nine are from Conagua, five from mining companies and two from Mexico City. In addition, this Friday another one was added, having a total of 19 pumps for water extraction, for which the authorities considered the requirement for this type of equipment covered.

Mine in Las Conchas, municipality of Sabinas, Coahuila.  REUTERS/Luis Cortes
Mine in Las Conchas, municipality of Sabinas, Coahuila. REUTERS/Luis Cortes

For its operation, Federal Electricity Commission placed seven generators of electrical energy and three transformers, which are complemented by four provided by various mining companies, for a total of 14 pieces of equipment.

The Attorney General of the State of Coahuila reported this Friday that the owner of the mine in the community of Las Conchas, municipality of Sabinasidentified as Cristian “S”, alias the choco, appeared to testify about the accident that left five workers injured and ten others who remain trapped in a tunnel.

The entity’s prosecutor, Gerardo Marquez Guevaraconfirmed that an investigation folder was opened due to the collapse in the mine and although he did not specify the legal situation in which the person who claimed to be the owner of the collapsed facilities finds himself.

Marquez Guevara confirmed that “the investigation folder is already open, we continue working and we also declare who is assumed as owner, Cristianwe request some information to determine if he actually appears as the owner of the mine or not, he says that he is the owner”.


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