At least seven workers jailed after Mexico coal mine collapse

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At least seven workers jailed after Mexico coal mine collapse

  • The state Department of Labor in Coahuila, Mexico, confirmed that at least seven workers were trapped in a coal mine that collapsed Friday.
  • The accident happened around 12:50 a.m. and according to local news outlets, part of the mine collapsed and was flooded.
  • The Mexican newspaper Vanguardia identified the miners as Leopoldo Méndez; Damian Robles; Gonzalo Cruz; Humberto Rodriguez; and Pedro Ramirez
  • The seventh coal miner was identified as Francisco Briseño by online news channel Zocalo

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

The mining accident happened around 12:50 a.m. Friday in the municipality of Múzquiz, the Coahuila Department of Labor said.

Local Mexican media reported that part of the mining disaster was caused by a collapse and flooding.

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

Rescue workers and authorities are patrolling outside a coal mine in Coahuila, Mexico, where at least seven workers were trapped Friday afternoon after it collapsed.  Local news outlets reported that part of the mine has been flooded

Rescue workers and authorities are patrolling outside a coal mine in Coahuila, Mexico, where at least seven workers were trapped Friday afternoon after it collapsed. Local news outlets reported that part of the mine has been flooded

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

Humberto Rodríguez is one of seven workers trapped in a coal mine that collapsed and flooded Friday in Coahuila, Mexico.

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

Miners attempt to enter a mine in northeastern Mexican state of Mexico after underground coal mine collapsed, trapping at least seven workers

Miners attempt to enter a mine in northeastern Mexican state of Mexico after underground coal mine collapsed, trapping at least seven workers

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

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

The miners were identified as Leopoldo Méndez, 20; Damian Robles, 27; Gonzalo Cruz, 53; Mauricio Cortes; Humberto Rodriguez; and Pedro Ramírez, according to the Mexican newspaper Forefront.

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

Authorities have not provided any updates on the workers’ condition.

Relatives were seen outside the mine, located in the Múzquiz neighborhood of Las Rancherías, looking for information and yelling at authorities to search for their relatives.

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

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

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

National Guard troops were also deployed to assist in the recovery efforts.

Civil Defense said rescuers had a water pump system to pump out the flooded area.

“They say it was submerged and motor pumps were requested to extract the water and enter to determine the rescue attempt,” Contreras said.

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