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Relatives reject government’s 6-11 month plan to find trapped miners

The families of 10 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in northern Mexico for three weeks rejected on Thursday a government plan to find miners who officials said would last six to 11 months.

Three miners were rescued and hospitalized, the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection said in an update on mine rescue efforts in Sabinas, in northern Coahuila state.

Television footage showed family members outside the mine demanding information about the missing man.

“I hope we can find them safely,” Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador tweeted earlier. Lopez Obrador had said there could be nine trapped minors, but authorities have since revised that number.

About 92 soldiers, specialists and rescue dogs were working at the site, the president said.

The Labor Department said it had not received any complaints about the safety of the mine, which began operations in January.


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