A judge has issued three arrest warrants for the Aug. 3 accident at a mine in northern Mexico, where 10 workers remain imprisoned, the attorney general’s office said in a statement Sunday.
One of these people was accused of “illicit exploitation of a good of the Nation”, said the institution.
The other two were accused of allegedly having “allowed coal mining activities to be carried out illegally,” the prosecutor added.
The accident at the mining site, belonging to the company El Pinabete, located in a complex in Agujita, in Coahuila, occurred when workers opened a hole in the mine that caused the water accumulated in the neighboring complex of Conchas Norte to overflow to the place where They were.
Five miners managed to get out on their own, but in all this time it was not possible to establish contact with the 10 who were trapped, whose status is unknown.
On August 28, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the families of the arrested workers had accepted the rescue plan presented by the government, which will take between six and eleven months.
According to the head of Civil Defense, Laura Velázquez, three “options” are being evaluated for the rescue, one of which consists of opening a tunnel with “inclined access ramps” to reach the mine galleries, in addition to pumping the Water.
The initial strategy was for military divers to try to descend vertically through the pits where workers usually access, when the flood was just over a meter. But the water level rose to over 30 meters on August 14 and has remained so.
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