(CNN Spanish) — The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said this Monday almost at the end of his press conference that “everything is being done, everything, everything for the rescue” of the 10 miners who have been trapped since Wednesday afternoon in Sabinas. , Coahuila, in the north of the country.
“Well, first we are looking to rescue them, we are working, the people who are there on the ground are heroic people, very committed,” said López Obrador, who was in Sabinas on Sunday, where he met with the rescue team.
“That was what yesterday was about, going to see how the work is going because the problem is that the three wells were flooded. Because it is supposed, it is the hypothesis, that the walls of this mine were broken with another that was abandoned, very large, which had a large accumulation of water. Then, when it broke, the mine where the 15 workers were was flooded, 5 were saved,” he added.
Last Wednesday, August 3, the walls of a mine in the community of La Agujita (in Sabinas, Coahuila) collapsed due to the flooding of three connected wells, which trapped 10 of the 15 miners who worked there.
According to the president, progress has been made in the middle of the water; On average, more than 300 liters per second are being removed. He added that they are hurrying to remove the water so that the rescuers who are already there can enter quickly and that “they have not stopped working day and night.”
When asked what the percentage of probability was that the miners were still alive, López Obrador replied that “everyone has faith, nobody is thinking of anything other than the rescue. They have a lot of faith, they explained to us that, when working in these mines, the miners themselves make holes or shelters and that is what is being thought”.
In the end, López Obrador asked the relatives of the miners to understand, some of whom were not comfortable with his visit and called it politics. “I don’t take it badly. When you are a public servant and do things thinking of others, when you do not have a problem with your conscience, you can and should always think about paying a fee for humiliation”.
For her part, Laura Velázquez, national coordinator of Civil Protection, participated this Monday in the morning press conference and explained that the task force in the mine is 557 people deployed and 50 land vehicles and so far a volume of extraction has been reported. of 25,400 cubic meters of water.
“We are working day and night, we are giving all our efforts to rescue the miners,” Velázquez said.
He also added that this day they will be working with a specialized drone at the scene of the incident.
“From the Mexican government we have 25 submersible pumps with a power of 1,730 horsepower, added to them 6 drillers. Today they will be working on an underwater drone that the Navy sent, it will employ specialized personnel, which is equipped with a high-resolution camera and light that allows recording up to 250 meters deep, in order to enter the mine galleries at current levels without putting rescuers at risk,” he said.
With information from Gerardo Lemos and Fidel Gutiérrez.