[TRIANGLE, VA.] With rescue efforts ongoing to reach ten miners trapped underground by water near Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico, United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
“The prayers of the entire UMWA are with the trapped miners and the efforts of the rescuers struggling to reach them. While the details of what caused this emergency remain unclear, it serves as a reminder that danger is always mere seconds away in a mine and constant vigilance on safety issues is job number one. The most precious thing to come out of a mine is always the miner.
“The UMWA stands ready to provide any assistance that may be needed to help locate and bring these miners safely to the surface.”