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Miners Still Trapped, Plans Engaged

posted Mar 26, 2011, 3:44 PM by Golden Knight

By Trevor Salazar

9/19/2010

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

Rescue attempts have begun for the 33 miners trapped in a collapsed gold and copper mine in San Jose, Chile. The mine collapsed on August 5th and there was little hope for discovering the trapped miners, but a camera lowered down through a small drill hole revealed the miners safe in an emergency room below the surface. The men are about 600m below the surface and are being resupplied with food and medicine down the same shaft through which the trapped miners were initially discovered. The drilling of two more shafts has already been planned and the leaders in the rescue effort are attempting to send down more substantial nourishment.

Three separate digging operations have already been planned, two of them currently underway. Both involve drilling a large shaft 600 meters down to the miners then lifting them up and out one by one. The final rescue shafts will be about 60 to 70 centimeters across and will use a capsule-like cage to pull the miners up.

Final estimated rescue dates are set sometime before Christmas, though there is some hope that the procedure may be finished a few weeks before the holidays. Because they will be spending the next couple months in a single rescue room, it is imperative that the miners are kept in constant contact with the world above to avoid any psychological problems in the future. Despite being informed of the time it will take to rescue them, the miners continue to have high hopes and are supporting one another.

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