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Contact with trapped miners invigorates Chile

Posted Aug 23, 2010 by Igor I. Solar
The hopeful signs began early Sunday when the probing machine broke ground to a tunnel 688 feet deep. When the tip of the probe brought back evidence of life, excitement and emotion infected relatives, authorities and Chile as a whole.
President Piñera with Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne besides him  surrounded by elated relati...
President Piñera with Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne besides him, surrounded by elated relatives, shows the message sent by the miners from their refuge 700 meters deep: "We are well in the refuge, all 33".
Government of Chile
A video camera sent down the perforation a few hours later showed several helmet lights being switched on and off and from the darkness appeared the partial face of a person. The miner's face was faint and blurry. He approached the camera for a 10 cm close-up that showed the top of his head, eyes and nose. The facial features could hardly be recognizable to most in the site, but were clearly distinct to his father: “It’s my son, Florencio Avalos” he said.
President Piñera reviews the video captured by rescuers showing the face of one of the miners trapp...
President Piñera reviews the video captured by rescuers showing the face of one of the miners trapped for 17 days nearly 700 meters underground. The miner's father recognized him by the eyebrows, eyes and nose.
Government of Chile
Through the 8-cm diameter perforation made by the probe, the miners will be supplied today with appropriate liquid, nourishment, and medications, plus messages of encouragement from their relatives.
Part of the letter from miner Mario Gómez to his wife. The message was partially damaged and blurre...
Part of the letter from miner Mario Gómez to his wife. The message was partially damaged and blurred by water during the recovery of the probe through a 688 meter long, 8 cm diameter perforation.
Equipment from a branch of CODELCO, the National Copper Company, is being transported to the San José mine today to start the opening of a 66 cm wide perforation which should allow bringing the miners to the surface, an effort that is expected to take no less than three months.