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article imageChilean miners: Message stuck to end of probe: ‘We are all alive’

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 22, 2010 in World
Santiago - A message in a plastic bag written in red ink on a paper stuck to the end of the probe that carries out rescue operations brought extreme joy to the families of 33 miners trapped 17 days ago at the site of the San José mine in the Atacama Desert of Chile
According to a last minute report from the area of the accident near the city of Copiapó, a worker operating one of the probes that this morning reached a tunnel at a depth of 688 meters found a message inside a plastic bag with the phrase "we are alive, 33 of us," which was interpreted as a clear sign that trapped workers are in fact still alive and safe.
Operations using machinery brought from South Africa will continue with the rescue efforts of the miners which may still take several weeks. In the meantime life support essentials will be provided to sustain the miners until rescue is completed.
Sebastián Piñera, Pesident of Chile, in an improvised press conference held the paper high to show it to the families and said: "At this time I am proud of being a Chilean and the president of all Chilean workers"
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