Mexico City.- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that this Saturday technicians will determine if divers can safely enter to rescue the 10 miners who have been trapped since Wednesday in the “El Pinabete” mine, in Sabinas, Coahuila.
“Work continues day and night to rescue the miners of Sabinas, Coahuila. The main problem is the flood, although the pumping equipment is sufficient and of the highest capacity,” he wrote through his Twitter account.
“Today is a decisive day because, according to the technicians, it will be known if there is a possibility that the divers will enter safely.”
Thursday night optimism spread among rescuers at the arrival of special machinery to pump water from the mine. Hundreds of volunteers, brigade members and soldiers have dedicated themselves to installing the equipment.
The operation of two new pumps increased during the early hours of this Saturday the extraction of water in the four wells of the mine.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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.”