5 rescued from flooded mine in Mexico

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5 rescued from flooded mine in Mexico

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon when miners encountered an abandoned tunnel with water that flooded the mine, authorities said.

Rescuers were able to extract five people from the mine on Wednesday, and are now working to bring water out of the flooded area, according to Laura Velazquez, National Coordinator of Civil Protection.

Velazquez said on Thursday that we have not slept, we are working day and night, uninterrupted.

She said that we are strategically putting pumps in each of these wells to be able to extract the greatest amount of water and have immediate access to the mines and rescue the miners as soon as possible.

They say the water is rising. "I want my husband to come out all right," said the wife of one trapped miner, Erika Escobedo, to the news agency. She told the news agency she had spent all night watching rescue efforts at the site. The Governor Miguel Riquelme, of Coahuila and Zaragoza state, went to Sabinas on Thursday, where the mine is located. Five water extraction pumps, totaling 150 horsepower, are currently working and other submersible pumps are being installed, which are being sent by companies in the region and thus continue with the rescue efforts, he wrote on Twitter. Mexican soldiers do rescue work at the coal mine. Sabinas is no stranger to mining tragedies. In 2006, an explosion in a local mine killed 65 people. In 2011 14 miners were trapped and confirmed dead after a mine blast in Sabinas. According to a statement released by Mexico's Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, the mine where the ten are currently trapped began operations in January, and does not have a history of complaints for any kind of anomaly. In his daily press briefing on Thursday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that any investigation would come only after the rescue operation had concluded. We are leaving the people responsible for the permits, the inspections, everything. We are leaving them until after. We already have the basic information, he said.