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article imageChilean trapped miners: renewed expectation, probe reaches tunnel

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 22, 2010 in World
Copiap - After 16 days of round-the-clock work, the most advanced of eight working drilling probes arrived this morning to an empty area 688 meters deep and 20 meters from the shelter where the 33 trapped miners may have found shelter.
At 6 AM this morning a reverse-air drilling machine reached an empty gallery located 688 meters deep which should provide access to deeper galleries and hopefully to the location of the refuge located about 20 meters away, according to plans.
The news was delivered to the miner’s families who have been camping at the site of the San José Copper and Gold mine since the accident occurred on August 5.
Laurence Golborne, Chilean Minister of Mining said at about 8:00 this morning: "all the protocols are being followed to protect the integrity of the perforation, remove the drill, protect the well, and proceed to insert communication equipment, light and video-camera, to attempt contacting the miners.”According to La Tercera-on-line (in Spanish) the Secretary of State said: “the procedure may take about 8 to 10 hours, we’ll report later as soon as we have clarity on progress of the operation.”
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