Trapped Chilean miners still alive three weeks after collapse - Macleans.ca
 

Trapped Chilean miners still alive three weeks after collapse

Officials caution rescue could take up to four months


 

Thirty-three Chilean miners trapped for nearly three weeks are still alive in an underground shelter, but officials say it could take nearly four months to dig them out. Rescue workers drilled a small hole to serve as an umbilical cord to the trapped miners, and pulled a handwritten note out of the mine on Sunday that read, “We are fine in the shelter, the 33 of us.” The workers have been trapped since the copper and gold mine caved in on August 5, but workers will have to proceed slowly to drill a larger shaft because of the mine’s depth and instability caused by the collapse. Rescue workers now plan to use the hole to send plastic tubes containing glucose, hydration gels and food down to the miners to keep them alive while they dig a new shaft to extract them.

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Trapped Chilean miners still alive three weeks after collapse

  1. This is a fantastic good news story. I hope all goes well in the difficult work ahead.

  2. Four months to dig them out! How does one pass the time trapped 800 meters underground with 33 other people for four months without going insane?? While the news of their safety is fantastic, I’d be concerned for the workers mental states when they finally see the sun for the first time in almost 120 days.

  3. My prayers go to all the Chilean miners and their families. Really hoping they will all get out alive and well.