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Eleventh body pulled from collapsed Mexico mine

By Reuters
Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 EDT
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Rescuers recovered an 11th body from a collapsed coal mine in northern Mexico late on Friday and kept searching for three more missing bodies.

Rescuers are digging around the clock to remove rubble in the shallow mine shaft that collapsed Tuesday after a methane gas explosion outside the town of Sabinas in the desert state ofCoahuila, which borders Texas.

All 14 miners lost in the explosion are presumed dead.

Labor Minister Javier Lozanosaid on Twitter that the 11th body was recovered just before midnight Friday.

Mexico has been a leading minerals exporter for centuries and expects $4 billion in investment in its mining industry this year. But smaller mines often escape inspection and bypass many basic safety standards.

(Reporting by Elinor Comlay)

Source: Reuters US Online Report World News

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