The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) reported that at 9:57 am on Wednesday the rescuers working at the Múzquiz mine, Coahuila, recovered the body of a fifth worker.
After five days of efforts and rescue work, the personnel working in the area managed to extract the body of Juan Carlos Moreno Cervantes, who was originally from the mineral of Barroteràn. He was identified by Conchos Pasta, One account promoter of the labor rights of coal miners who also groups relatives of other victims.
“We are very sorry for the death of Carlos Moreno, who has been rescued from the Múzquiz mine. We send our solidarity and affection to his family, friends and co-workers. It is terrible what they have done to us. We still need two miners”, said the organization.
Last Sunday, the STPS reported the rescue of the body of a fourth miner, and until this Wednesday no more cases were known.
With the recovery of these five bodies –three on Sunday, one on Saturday and one on Wednesday— two more trapped miners remain to be found, after the collapse that occurred last Friday.
According Pasta de Conchos Family, the bodies recovered in previous days are from the miners Mauricio Cortés, Pedro Ramírez, Humberto Rodríguez Y Gonzalo Alberto Cruz.
Once the collapse was known, the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador He stated in his social networks that the National Guard (GN) and the Army had moved to the place, and wished that the rescue would be “friendly for families and everyone”.
The hypothesis used by the authorities is that A flood caused the roof and walls of the mine to rupture, which caused the site to collapse, inside which the seven miners were trapped.
In addition to the military, Civil Protection authorities and inspectors from the Ministry of Labor itself work at the site to carry out rescue work., which consist of pumping out the water to access the mine.
The accident brings to mind what happened on February 19, 2006, at the Conchos Pasta, also in Coahuila, where 65 workers died in an accident and only 2 bodies were recovered.
Since then, there have been more than 100 miner deaths in the area, according to complaint Pasta de Conchos family.
Precisely, this group sent – on October 23 of last year – a letter to Manuel Bartlett, Director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), state enterprise, complaining about the conditions of the Micaran mine, in Múzquiz, which was damaged on Friday.
However, the company detached itself from what happened this Saturday and assured that the damaged mine does not supply coal to the CFE and that, therefore, “it was impossible that its director (Bartlett) knew about the mine”.