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Rescuers may reach trapped Chilean Miners today

By Joe Gullo     Oct 8, 2010 in World
Rescuers are one step closer to reaching the 33 miners that are still trapped in a Chilean mine. Drills are cutting an escape shaft through the final section of rock this afternoon.
Once crews reach the miners, it could be another several days until they are able to get them out.
AOL News reports that Health Minister Jaime Manalich hopes that the men could be pulled out by Tuesday.
Getting the men who have been trapped since August 5 up to the surface will be an arduous task. A metal cage will be used to life each miner up to the surface. This will be a delicate and time-consuming process that could take days to complete.
Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told the Associated Press that the finished shaft will be thoroughly examined with a video camera, and only then will engineers decide whether to leave the shaft unreinforced, insert steel part way or encase the entire shaft, a process that would delay the rescue for another 10 days.
Chilean Navy Cmdr. Renato Navarro rescuers have prepared a list of which miners should emerge first, based on their health and state of mind.
AOL News reports, the families of the miner's are eagerly waiting their return in a tent city called "Camp Esperanza," or "Camp Hope," since the day their loved ones were trapped.
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