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Rescue of 8 trapped miners in Mexico suspended

05-06-2011 09:53 BJT

MEXICO CITY, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Rescue for eight miners trapped in a coal mine in northern Mexico was suspended on Thursday in order to reinforce the beams inside the mine and will be restored on Friday, Mexico's Labor Ministry said.

A total of 14 miners were trapped on Tuesday in a coal mine in Coahuila state after an explosion due to gas accumulation. So far, six miners have been confirmed dead, whose bodies have been rescued.

Earlier on Thursday, Labor Minister Javier Lozano said there were rare chances of any survivors.

The rescue will restart on Friday with the collaboration of five Chilean rescuers, who arrived on Thursday at the mine. Four of them participated on the rescue of the 33 miners trapped in Chile in October 2010.

The explosion took place in the heart of one of Mexico's main coal mining regions, located some 135 km south of the U.S.-Mexican border. The region has witnessed numerous tragedies in recent years, with the most serious one in February 2006 when an explosion at the Pasta de Conchos coal mine killed 65 workers.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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