Mexico coal mine incident: what happened as rescue efforts underway to find 10 people trapped in mine

The coal mine in northern Mexico collapsed on Wedsesday 3 August after the miners breached a neighbouring area filled with water

<p>10 miners are trapped inside a northern Mexico coal mine after it collapsed on 3 August. (Credit: Getty Images)</p>

10 miners are trapped inside a northern Mexico coal mine after it collapsed on 3 August. (Credit: Getty Images)

Mexcian emergency services are undertaking a dangerous rescue mission to find 10 miners who have been trapped in a northern Mexico coal mine.

Rescuers are attempting to reach those trapped, with the miners trapped between two 200ft mine shafts which have been flooded, defence spokesman Agustin Radiala Suastegui has confirmed.

Here’s everything you need to know about the situation.

What happened in the mine?

The coal mine, located in Sabinas, northern Mexico, collapsed on Wednesday (3 August), after workers breached a neighbouring area filled with water.

10 miners are believed to be trapped inside, although authorities have as of yet been unable to contact any of those missing since the collapse happened.

Authorities had originally reported that nine miners had been trapped inside the mine, but this was upped to 10 the next day.

Has there been any rescues yet?

As of yet, none of the 10 trapped miners have been rescued.

However, civil defence co-ordinator Laura Velazquez confirmed that as the collapse happened, five miner had been able to escape.

The main concern for emergency services is the level of water currently in the mine, with equipment being use to removed as much as possible before attempting to enter or remove anyone.

Six special forces scuba divers are expected to arrive on a National Guard plane and entre the mine when conditions allow to assist with the rescue mission.