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Coahuila coal mine collapses after flooding trapping miners

Sabinas, Coahuila — Four of the nine trapped in a coal mine in Sabinas, Coahuila, have been treated. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) reported treating four of the miners for minor injuries after they managed to escape the collapsed mine.

On Wednesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained that the collapse occurred at 1:35 p.m. after “a sinkhole caused the mine to flood where apparently, nine miners were trapped.”

The President added that the the Ministry of National Defense, Civil Protection, the Army, rescuers and other regional authorities along with canines, were participating in the rescue.”We hope to find them safe,” he said.

According to preliminary information, Las Conchas coal mine collapsed Wednesday afternoon when the miners encountered an underground river while digging, which caused the mine to flood.

Initially, there were 10 miners in the mine at the time of the collapse, but one managed to escape. Nine were left inside when emergency services received the report, however, four others managed to free themselves. There is no update yet on the remaining five miners.