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At least seven workers are trapped after a coal mine collapses in Mexico

At least seven workers are trapped after a coal mine collapses in Mexico

  • The state labor ministry in Coahuila, Mexico, confirmed that at least seven workers were trapped inside a coal mine that collapsed Friday 
  • The accident took place approximately at 12:50pm, and according to local news outlets a section of the mine collapsed and flooded
  • Mexican newspaper Vanguardia identified the miners as Leopoldo Méndez; Damián Robles; Gonzalo Cruz; Humberto Rodríguez; and Pedro Ramírez
  • The seventh coal mine worker was identified as Francisco Briseño by online news outlet Zocalo

At least seven workers were trapped inside a coal mine that collapsed in the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila.

The mining accident occurred Friday approximately at 12:50pm in the municipality of Múzquiz, the Coahuila Labor Ministry said.

Local Mexican media outlets reported that a section of the mine disaster was caused by a collapse and flooding. 

Rescue efforts are ongoing, and no updates have been given on the condition of the miners who were trapped.  

Rescue workers and authorities mill around outside a coal mine in Coahuila, Mexico where at least seven workers were trapped as of midday Friday after it collapsed. Local news outlets reported that a section of the mine flooded

Pedro Ramírez is one of seven coal mine workers trapped in Coahuila, Mexico

Humberto Rodríguez is among the seven workers trapped in a coal mine that collapsed and flooded Friday in Coahuila, Mexico

Pedro Ramírez (left) and Humberto Rodríguez (right) are among the seven workers trapped in a coal mine that collapsed, and reportedly flooded, in Coahuila, Mexico on Friday

Mine workers attempt to go inside a mine in the northeastern Mexican state of Mexico after the underground coal mine collapsed and left at least seven workers trapped

Mine workers attempt to go inside a mine in the northeastern Mexican state of Mexico after the underground coal mine collapsed and left at least seven workers trapped

Mexico's National Guard was deployed to the site of a coal mine in Múzquiz, a city in the northeast Mexico state of Coahuila, where at least seven miners were trapped

Mexico’s National Guard was deployed to the site of a coal mine in Múzquiz, a city in the northeast Mexico state of Coahuila, where at least seven miners were trapped

The miners were identified as Leopoldo Méndez, 20; Damián Robles, 27; Gonzalo Cruz, 53; Mauricio Cortés; Humberto Rodríguez;  and Pedro Ramírez, according to Mexican newspaper Vanguardia.

Online news outlet Zocalo identified the seventh miner as Francisco Briseño. 

Authorities did not provide updates on the condition of the workers. 

Family members were spotted outside the mine, located in the Múzquiz neighborhood of Las Rancherías, seeking information and shouting at authorities to look for their relatives.

Francisco Contreras, deputy director of operations for the Coahuila Civil Defense, said efforts were underway to rescue the miners and to investigate what caused the collapse.

The National Guard set up a perimeter outside a mine that collapsed in Coahuila, Mexico, on Friday afternoon. At least seven workers are trapped

The National Guard set up a perimeter outside a mine that collapsed in Coahuila, Mexico, on Friday afternoon. At least seven workers are trapped 

National Guard troops were also deployed to help with the recovery efforts. 

The Civil Defense said rescue workers had a water pumping system to help drain out flooded area.

‘They say that it was flooded and some motor pumps were being requested to extract the water and be able to enter to determine the rescue attempt,’ Contreras said. 

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