Mine collapse in Coahuila: Still no conditions for rescue; divers will keep on trying

For miners' rescue, there are still no conditions to enter the mine in Coahuila. Rescue forces face adverse conditions preventing them from entering the mine where ten miners are trapped.

Mine collapse in Coahuila: Still no conditions for rescue; divers will keep on trying
About the case of the workers trapped in a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila. Credit: Twitter from @mrikelme

The Mexican government reported that rescue bodies continue to face adverse conditions that prevent them from entering the mine in northern Mexico, where ten miners have been trapped for the past eight days.

"They found that they have no space to advance, have obstructions, there is wood," said the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval, after the four descents that were carried out on Wednesday in one of the shafts through which they are trying to access the flooded sinkhole.

However, "we will continue with these activities, the divers will continue to make attempts" to access, said the general in the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Hundreds of military and other rescuers are participating in the rescue operation at the "Pinabete" coal mine in the town of Agujita, Coahuila state, where a flood left ten miners trapped.

An attempt was made to verify if there were conditions to rescue the miners.

A soldier and a volunteer miner submerged Wednesday afternoon momentarily, trying to determine if there were conditions for military divers to enter the narrow pit. But "even with the lights they carry to be able to observe the interior (they established that), do not have the visibility they require to identify what is found," Sandoval insisted.

However, he pointed out that the water level in the three wells through which the workers are being evacuated continues to decrease thanks to the extraction carried out with motor pumps. One of the sinkholes is already at 4.9 meters, from the 30 meters of water a day after the accident, although the level considered optimal for rescue is 1.5 meters.

"We hope that today, in well 2, we are reaching levels where rescuers can enter," said the national coordinator of Civil Protection, Laura Velázquez, at the presidential conference. "We will be evaluating it during the day. We have to be careful not to expose anyone," she added.