The bodies of four of the 10 miners who disappeared in a flooded coal mine in northeastern Mexico in August 2022 have been recovered by rescuers, the Mexican president said on Friday.
“Four bodies were found,” wrote Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who visited the site of the El Pinabete coal mine in Coahuila state, where the accident occurred on August 3, 2022.
“I hope that we will be able to return each person to their family,” said the head of state, who, after the tragedy, promised to find the minors and compensate the families of the victims.
During the excavation work, the mine flooded, which led to an influx of water into a neighboring mine.
Five workers managed to survive, ten have been missing since the day of the accident.
The state of Coahuila supplies almost all of the coal mined by Mexico, usually under very precarious safety conditions for the miners.
Several accidents have devastated the region, the largest of which occurred on February 19, 2006: 65 workers died in an explosion in a coal mine. Only two bodies were recovered.