Chile miners to mark two months trapped underground

2010-10-05 07:33

Santiago – Today marks two months since the 33 northern Chile miners were trapped underground, and President Sebastian Pinera has said he hopes to bring them to the surface soon.

He said: “I hope to rescue them before I leave for Europe. It is very important for me to share in this moment,” he told reporters ahead of his planned trip starting October 15. “We are very close to rescuing them.”

Psychologist Alberto Iturra said: “We’re all happy that this miracle has been able to last.”

He reported all 33 miners were in an excellent physical and mental condition, despite the strain of being trapped for so long.

Earlier Pinera announced the new goal for their rescue would dramatically move up the previous timeline for freeing them from the mine in which they have been trapped since the August 5 collapse. Drills were making swift progress toward opening a large enough hole to extract them from their emergency shelter 700 metres below ground.

The workers, who have already broken records for their internment, will be placed one-by-one in a thin cage specially designed to pull them up via a narrow bore hole being drilled through the earth.

Three digging machines are opening shafts to the underground shelter where the men are trapped. 

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