Rescue efforts underway after explosion in Mexican mine traps 14
May 3rd, 2011
09:25 PM ET

Rescue efforts underway after explosion in Mexican mine traps 14

[Updated at 9:25 p.m.] Rescue efforts were starting Tuesday night at a mine in northern Mexico where 14 workers were trapped in a mine shaft after an explosion, state media reported.

A local civil protection official said toxic gases had dissipated enough to allow rescuers to begin exploring the mine's tunnels, the state-run Notimex news agency said.

The mine is located just outside Sabinas, Mexico, in the heart of Mexico's coal mining region.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m.] An explosion left 14 miners trapped inside a mine shaft just outside of Sabinas, Mexico, in the heart of Mexico's coal mining region, Mayor Jesus Montemayor Garza told CNN Tuesday.

The blast - at a mine run by the company BIMSA - happened Tuesday morning, the mayor said.

"It's very painful for us," Montemayor said. "At this time we don't know if the 14 miners trapped are dead or alive. It's going to be a complicated operation because of the way the mine shaft was built."

The mine shaft is 60 meters (197 feet) deep, he said.

"We're all hoping the miners are still alive," he added.

Sixteen rescuers from the Coahuila state civil protection agency were working at the site, and 20 other rescuers were in the area ready to relieve the first group, the mayor said.

Methane gas in the shaft was complicating and delaying rescue attempts, he said.

CNN's Rafael Romo contributed to this report.

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  1. charlie crack

    Osaaama?? Were you in the mine....? I heard you got your @ss blown up by the usa!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    At least its only 197 feet down compared to the miners last year

    May 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vanessa

    Why is the guy that is racist writing in Spanish? If he doesn't like mexicans, Why does he sound like one? I hope all is well with the miners.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anonimo

    hope celestial help arrives soon! NASA, where are you!!

    May 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ifeanyiike

    I pray they are rescued, because their families need them.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. UNIKA

    I WILL PRAY FOR ANY BODY THAT WAS IN ANY DEADLY OR SITUATION LIKE THIS ONE REGARDLESS OF COLOR,RACE,RELIGION JUST REMEMBER ONE THING EVERY BODY IN GODS EYES WE ARE ALL THE SAME! NO MATTER SPECIALLY FOR THE ONES THAT ARE SO LOST GETTIN HIGH AND SUBMITTIN STUPID COMENTS OK?

    May 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. UNIKA

    PRAY,PRAY FOR THIS PEOPLE AND LETS HOPE FOR THE'RE WELL BEING OK? LETS STICK TOGETHER TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD PEOPLE!!!...........

    May 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gena

    Well i guess people forget where they come. U.S.A. is made up of all cultures. people get up and stop talking trash. stop thinking about yourself. other people are in hurting. may the miners be well and safe.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    I hope that these miners are ok and are rescued soon. We've had these sort of accidents in the U.S., it's not like the location of the mine that should matter. Have an ounce of empathy, folks! Dios esta con ustedes.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gustavo

    Dejanles morirse. Hay bastante pinches nacos mejicanos en el mundo.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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