MEXICO CITY – Efforts to rescue 10 miners trapped in a collapsed and flooded coal mine in northern Mexico intensified Thursday with hundreds of people involved in the operation, authorities said.
The collapse occurred after the miners breached a neighbouring area filled with water on Wednesday, officials said. Authorities had not reported any contact with the trapped miners since the collapse.
The miners are trapped between two 200-foot deep mine shafts more than half flooded with water, Undersecretary of Defence Agustin Radiala Suastegui said Thursday. Rescuers were working to pump water out of the flooded mine.
A National Guard plane was expected to arrive Thursday with six special forces scuba divers who could enter the mine when conditions allow. Civil Defence Co-ordinator Laura Velazquez said that five miners had managed to escape the collapse. Three of them remained hospitalized.
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