At least 9 miners were trapped this Wednesday in a coal pit located in the community of Villa de Agujita, in the municipality of Sabinas, Coahuila.
First data indicates that the excavation of the mine coincided with an underground riverwhich caused the mining conduit to flood and consequently collapse.
The mother of one of the trapped miners recounted how the mine was flooded:
The well was flooded, I have no more information, I have no idea what happened, there are many colleagues who volunteer, but as long as the water level is high Civil Protection cannot allow them to enterRamiro Torres’s mother told Milenio Televisión’s screen.
Around 4:30 p.m., the federal Civil Protection Coordination (PC) reported on social networks that its owner, Laura Velázquez Alzúa, is going to the scene for coordinate rescue actions of trapped workers.
As of Wednesday afternoon, neither the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) has issued information in this regard. Likewise, neither the government of Coahuila nor the governor of the entity, Miguel Riquelme, have provided data on this fact.
Relatives of the Pasta de Conchos miner reported that the names of the trapped miners are still unknown. In social networks they shared a photograph of the well where the collapse occurredand they argued that it was not duly built in its entirety, given that it lacks “the walls of the well.”
He also pointed out that the concession where this well is located belongs to Regulo Zapata, owner of the CATAMCO mining company, which has a contract with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).