Survival hopes are fading fast for 65 Mexican miners trapped underground by a blast at a coal mine on Sunday. A rescue team got within one hundred metres of where the explosion occurred but poor ventilation and the risk of rock falls hampered efforts to save them.
The fear of sparking another blast has forced emergency workers to use only hand tools to dig through to the men. The accident happened in the Pasta de Conchos mine in the northern state of Coahuila. The miners’ six-hour oxygen tanks have almost certainly run out, but mine operators say air pockets might have kept them alive.