‘Decisive day’ for trapped Mexican miners

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said a major operation to rescue 10 trapped Mexican miners was approaching a crucial moment on Saturday, raising hopes for desperate relatives. rice field.

“Today is the defining day. Experts say we will know if divers can enter safely,” he tweeted.

Five workers managed to escape from the crudely constructed mine in the initial aftermath of Wednesday’s accident, but no survivors have been found since.

Officials said three shafts had descended 60 meters (200 feet) and internal flood waters were reported to be 30 meters deep on Friday.

The Coahuila state government said miners collided with an adjacent water-filled area as they were conducting drilling operations.

Experts are trying to detect and pinpoint a leak from a nearby mine to stop the water from flowing into the area where workers are trapped, said Coahuila State Labor Secretary Nazira Zogbi. said.

The advent of more powerful pumping equipment is also reason for optimism, added Zogbi.

Water was seen flowing from the mine through the drains, raising the hopes of relatives who spent the third night anxiously waiting for the news.

“There’s too much water, but we still hope they’re higher[in the mine]. But we trust God.”

Last year, seven miners died after being trapped in the area.

After that tragedy, only two bodies were recovered.

Luis Armando Ontiveros said, “When everything is going well, we don’t think about danger, but when something happens, we think about quitting.

A father of three, he said he needed a monthly salary worth about $500 to pay for his children’s education so they wouldn’t have to follow in his footsteps.

‘Decisive day’ for trapped Mexican miners

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