Mexico to use underwater drone in search for trapped miners.
Authorities announced Monday that rescuers will step up their efforts to retrieve 10 miners who have been stranded for five days in a flooded coal mine in northern Mexico and will use an underwater drone. According to Laura Velazquez, national coordinator for civil defense, the equipment provided by the navy features a high-resolution camera and light to detect potential impediments without endangering life.
Pumping water out of the mine in Agujita, Coahuila’s northernmost state, has resumed in order to make it safe for rescuers to enter. If the water level reduces to 1.5 meters, according to the military, rescuers may be able to access one of the shafts by mid-week (around five feet).
The water inside the mine shaft that rescuers plan to enter was 19.4 meters deep, down from more than 30 meters at first, according to officials. The mine shafts descend about 60 meters. He told reporters returning in Mexico City that approximately 300 liters were being pushed out every second.
“Everyone has faith. No one is thinking about anything other than the rescue,” he said. Authorities said the miners had been carrying out excavation work when they hit an adjoining area full of water.
In the immediate aftermath of the catastrophe on Wednesday, five workers were able to escape the shoddily built mine, but no agreement has been reached with the others. Family members were growing more and more hesitant to speak to the media as each hour passed.
A security perimeter has been widened around the mine, which is located around 1,130 kilometers (700 miles) north of Mexico City. According to the administration, the rescue operation is being carried out by several hundred soldiers and other professionals, including six military scuba divers.