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Rescuers rush to save 9 miners trapped following cave-in in northern Mexico

Nine miners became trapped Wednesday following a cave-in in northern Mexico. Photo courtesy of the government of Coahuila/Twitter
Nine miners became trapped Wednesday following a cave-in in northern Mexico. Photo courtesy of the government of Coahuila/Twitter

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A rescue operation was underway in northern Mexico where nine miners became trapped underground following a cave-in.

President Andre Manuel said via Twitter Wednesday that 92 soldiers, specialists and rescue dogs have been deployed to the mine in Sabina of northern Coahuila state, which borders southern Texas.

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"We hope to find them safe," the president said.

The government of Coahuila state said in a statement that the miners were performing excavation work within the mine when they confronted an adjoining area full of water, which caved in and flooded the mine shaft at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, trapping the workers underground.

The mine began operating in January, the state said, and "to date there is no record of complaints of any type of anomaly."

The incident follows a mine collapse in the state in June of 2021, resulting in the deaths of several miners.

In February 2006, 65 miners were killed after becoming trapped in a Coahuila mine following a gas explosion that caused a cave-in.

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