MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Saturday will be a pivotal day in Mexico’s effort to rescue 10 miners trapped in a coal mine, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said.

Miners were stranded on Wednesday at a mine in Coahuila state when their excavation work caused a tunnel wall to collapse, causing three shafts to flood.

“Today is decisive because, according to the technicians, we will know if there is a chance for the divers to enter without risk,” wrote López Obrador on Twitter.

Six Mexican Special Forces divers were sent to help with the rescue effort, which López Obrador said continues day and night.

“The main problem is flooding, although the pumping equipment is sufficient and of greater capacity,” he added.

Families kept vigil at the site, sleeping on plastic chairs and blankets spread across the floor, while waiting for news about their loved ones.

Five people managed to escape the accident.

The mine was inaugurated in January and there was “no record of complaints for any type of abnormality”, according to the Ministry of Labour.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon)


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