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. Rh

    I hope they all make it out ok. Time to stop focusing so much on the people who we know are dead (OBL) and move on to those who are still living (hopefully)

    May 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MrMailman

    Dios esta con ustedes.

    May 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zenzing-is-back

      Hoping for their safety.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wth

    and you are just one more idiot racist american we have to worry about here in the us

    May 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wth

    it wont be your problem! they will mow your lawns and do the work YOU are too lazy to do.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I mow my own loan thank you.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toto

      That's nice, but who pays the lawn on your house? What size trailer were you born in?

      May 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 2Cents

    Heres how the money, fame, and heros are born.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MPDano

      Well, if being buried alive is how you receive fame and money, I'll pass. You friggin idiot.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. inyourface

    This have to be one of the most ignorant comments so far. Famlies are currently suffering for their loved ones and the only possible comment that your limited brain can think about is this racial worthless nonsense.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Indian Rasta


    May 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HeIsGod

    LOL, Well said, wth! We have too many lazy Americans who whine and complain like babies, but yet they don't want to do the job of a HARD WORKING Mexican.


    May 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      You’re as bigoted as those you criticize. Just what I’d expect from a person using your name.

      May 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HeIsGod

    Dan Smith, you know, those that have died in war are less people we have to worry about in the USA. Also every single American that dies day by day.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. soldier

    go get trapped in a mine, so we don't have to worry about your racist a**

    May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D.R.

    OWNED lol

    May 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Armando

    Racist moron, I'm sure someone will wish the same on you.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hux

    I can't believe how ignorant people can be.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. billy

    Ignorant people with no life of their own. Obviously they live in their own closet world playing video games. They wouldn't survive out in the real world earning a paycheck. Lazy Jackwagons

    May 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Coger

    Tunneling to the US/ Mexico border is dangerous work. They should have started digging closer to it.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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