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They're Through!

Heard the announcement on TV yesterday, here's an article..

Breakthrough in Chile mine rescue

BBC News, 9 October 2010

Rescuers have drilled through to the underground chamber where 33 Chilean miners have been trapped since August.

The breakthrough at the San Jose mine came shortly after 0800 local time (1200 GMT), sparking celebrations.

It means efforts to remove the miners through the tunnel should begin within days.

The men were trapped when part of the mine collapsed on 5 August - their 65-day ordeal is the longest suffered by a group of miners caught underground.

They have been living in a shelter 700m (2,300ft) underground. However, the Plan B drill - the second of three which have been working simultaneously - has penetrated 624m to a workshop which can be reached by the miners.

Officials say everything needed for the rescue is now in place.

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eric_hinkle
Oct. 11th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm stunned at the news that there was actually some sort of shelter underground for the miners in case an accident like this happened. You mean for once a mine owner had a plan that didn't boil down to, "If the mine caves in, it's their tough luck"?
kayshapero
Oct. 11th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I suspect it's mostly that those owners who don't take this sort of precaution don't think to take others either, and so are more likely to have a cave-in in the first place.

I maintain my church's website (here if you're interested) and have taken to putting a "prayer for the day" on the index page. The Chilean miners have been there since the accident and are going to stay there until they're out.
eric_hinkle
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've been praying for them and will continue doing so, but thanks for the heads-up.

But I grew up hearing stories about the Molly Maguires and the mine disasters you had in Pennsylvania's coal region. So yeah, the concern for the workers did surprise me.
ghostwolf
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
(air guitar riff) EXCELLENT!

No apologies to Keanu.
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