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Darkness and Debris Hinder Rescue Efforts at Flooded Mexican Mine

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican military divers were blocked by debris on Thursday in the first attempt to dive deep into a flooded coal mine in northern Mexico, where 10 miners were trapped for a week, the Mexican defense minister said on Thursday. He said he was born.

Miners were trapped in a mine in the border state of Coahuila on 3 August. Excavation work has caused tunnel walls to collapse, causing flooding in parts of the underground mine.

In a statement Thursday night, the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico called for a judicial hearing in the state of Coahuila to prosecute the alleged mine owner for "illegal exploitation" of state property. said he requested. Coal mining duty”.

By Thursday, Mexican authorities were able to dramatically reduce water depth, which initially exceeded about 100 feet (30 meters), but were unable to dispatch rescuers. are struggling with The situation would be safe for a rescue mission.

On Wednesday, he submerged after four dives to help miners and rescue specialists clear debris. but could not fully enter the mine.

"It was blocked," Defense Minister Luis Crescencio said at a press conference on Thursday.

"There is no space to move forward. There are obstacles… still some wooden planks. Even with lights to see inside, the visibility you need to identify what you find. I don't have it," said Crescentio.

Cresencio added that authorities will continue efforts to attempt to enter the mine while ensuring the safety of rescuers. The depths of the three shafts are approximately 30 feet (9 meters), 23 feet (7 meters), and 16 feet (5 meters).

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Diego Ore, Editing by Will Dunham and Kenneth Maxwell)