Another mining accident in Coahuila: 10 are trapped in Sabinas

SABINAS.- Other mining accident it was reported yesterday in the community of Agujitain the Municipality of Sabines: 10 workers were trappedafter the coal pit they were working on flooded. State and federal authorities reported that this well -located in the area known as Conchas, 1.5 kilometers from federal highway 57 at the height of Villa de Agujita– had started operations in January of this year, without any complaints of any anomaly.

The mishap occurred around 1:35 p.m., when work was being carried out in the well.

“The accident occurred when workers in the development of their excavation activities ran into an adjoining area full of water, which caused a flood when it collapsed, trapping a group of miners”detailed the federal and state authorities in a joint statement.

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IT MAY INTEREST YOU: Collapse in coal pit in Sabinas, Coahuila, left 10 miners trapped

This accident would have been derived from the entry of water from the Sabinas River. On June 27, VANGUARDIA published a report in SEMANARIO, where it is pointed out that the exploitation of coal is causing severe damage to the environment..

According to studies of Research Center on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) or Initiative Climate of Mexico, To extract that coal, towns are destroyed, the air is polluted, the aquifer is damaged and even diseases are caused.

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$!Ten miners were reported trapped inside the mine.

Ten miners were reported trapped inside the mine.

After yesterday’s incident, four people managed to get out, one of them by his own feet, and another three were rescued in the first hours of work; all were taken to a clinic of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in Saint John of Sabines, reported as stable.

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Personnel from the Sedena and Civil Protectionas well as authorities state, municipal and federal.

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$!Relatives of the trapped miners await information or news of the rescue.

Relatives of the trapped miners await information or news of the rescue.

The governor Miguel Riquelme instructed his work team to prioritize rescuing people. In addition, the President stated in a television interview that statements were already being made with workers and owners in order to advance the investigations.

The owner of this space was identified as Cristian Solís Arriaga, according to the version of federal authorities.

For his part, the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he trusts that the workers They will be found safe.

$! Authorities are currently at the mine in Agujita, Sabinas.

Authorities are currently at the mine in Agujita, Sabinas.

Last night, Nazira Zogbi, Secretary of Labor of Coahuila, informed the relatives of the miners that until before midnight they had advanced 13 meters with three pumps to remove the water, however, they needed another 24 meters to reach the area where the workers were. In the course of the morning, the arrival of two other pumps of greater capacity was expected to speed up the work.

The Carboniferous Region has been marked by mining accidents. Only from 2006 to date, at least 122 people have lost their lives in mishaps of this type. While the delegation of the federal Secretary of Labor in Coahuila had nine inspectors until months ago to carry out reviews of different work centers, including mines.

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The miner deaths they are constant, but not all of them are mediatic. “Sometimes one, two. The last such of many was a long time ago. Two months ago one died, but people are even cured of fear, but it weighs a lot, it’s a daily anguish “, says the Rico Montelongo family.

“They are wells without a name, wildly. Of these there is one from time to time, but they do not have permits, there is no security, they do not have insurance, but there is not much work either, “ family members point out.

$!“They are wells without a name to the brave.  Of these there is one from time to time, but they don't have permits, there is no security, they don't have insurance, but there isn't much work either,” the relatives point out.

“They are wells without a name to the brava. Of these there is one from time to time, but they don’t have permits, there is no security, they don’t have insurance, but there isn’t much work either,” the relatives point out.

It is not the first meeting of Mr. Jaime Rico Montelongo, with desperation, misinformation and mining disasters, 16 years ago in Pasta de Conchos he lost his brother Gil Rico Montelongo. To this day, he is still waiting for his body to be removed to give him a Christian burial.

Therefore, armed with his pain, he entered the authorities accompanied by John Alvarado, to verify that they maneuver correctly and take the water out of the well, then to their relatives.

Jaime Montelongo Perez, 61 years old, he has dedicated his whole life to the “pocería” of coal. He says that he waits and after this, the authorities pay more attention when granting permits, because “my son is also dedicated to this and it’s scary, but it’s the law of life,” he says.

$! Some say that it is not worth risking your life for third parties, who get rich at the expense of the workers, without having them with the legal benefits.

Some say that it is not worth risking your life for third parties, that they get rich at the expense of the workers, without having them with the legal benefits.

“They are wells without a name to the brava. Of these there is one from time to time, but they do not have permits, there is no security, they do not have insurance, but there is not much work, “say the relatives. “The only thing we did was go in to verify that they are working, because they had two hours without saying anything. We are also relatives just like you, we have to make a delegation so that we can enter and inform us, because we don’t know anything “, Mr. Jaime assured the dozens of family members who remain at the entrance of the property where the well is.

“I am not an engineer, I am not an authority. I only went to check how many pumps were working and if the water is going down, with the 3-inch pump they have already gone down 70 centimeters, they go slowly, but it is going down”, says Mr Jaime.

$!The relatives all wait outside, armed with bottles of water, awnings and food.

The relatives all wait outside, armed with bottles of water, awnings and food.

And he adds further hope, when he reports that two more bombs and support from mimosa group, to join the rescue maneuvers, because after the first four miners, they had no news.

However, the relatives of the miners still trapped, resigned, comment among themselves that they knew aboutThe risk when reporting to work, Well, since Monday one of the wells had water.

$!The relatives of the miners still trapped, resigned, comment among themselves that they knew of the risk when they showed up to work.

The relatives of the miners still trapped, resigned, comment among themselves that they knew of the risk when they showed up to work.

Meanwhile, the relatives all wait outside, armed with water bottles, awnings and food, sitting next to the ditch through which the water they are draining from the mine runs, watching trucks enter and leave CFE with power plants, convoys of the Mexican Army, other miners to join the workers and wait for information or news of another rescue.

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