Increase water extraction in damaged mine

Coahuila- The operation of two new pumps increased during the early hours of Saturday increased the extraction of water in the four wells of the El Pinabete mine, in Villa de Agujita, Sabinas, Coahuila.

The relatives of the trapped miners point out that since Thursday night the flow of official information ceased, so they can only speculate about the jobs they cannot see.

The National Civil Protection Coordination reported around 11:00 p.m. on Friday that two bombs went into operation.

“At the moment two more pumps are being installed in wells 3 and 4, increasing the volume of water extracted,” he said.

To the naked eye, the flow of water in the two outfalls coming from the mine more than doubled between what was seen on Friday and what was seen on Saturday morning.

The increased pumping caused the water to dislodge the 6-inch pipes and naturally open a larger trench.

However, the relatives of the miners do not know if this increase in pumping has an effect on the water level inside the mine.

“Yes, we see that more water is already passing, here and on that side, but we don’t know what is happening in there,” said a relative of José Leija, a trapped miner.

“They don’t want to release a pledge, they don’t say where the water level is going,” he added.

The Governor of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme, reported on social networks that a team from the Autonomous University of Coahuila is carrying out studies that can help in the rescue work.

“The Autonomous University of Coahuila carries out geophysical studies together with experts from the Mimosa company, in order to collect data and make the right decisions that facilitate the work to be carried out.”

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