The rescue of the thirty-three Chilean miners in Copiapo, Chile has been in the news since August 5th 2010 when the gold and copper mine originally collapsed. Amazingly, these thirty-three brave men have kept healthy and spirits high all the while stuck 2300 feet underground in a small shaft of the mine.
Originally, officials thought the miners would not be rescued until December, close to Christmas. Now the first of the thirty-three miners could be lifted to safety as early as this Wednesday, October 13, 2010. According to officials, a “test capsule” was lowered about 2000 feet down and had no problems whatsoever. The fit was almost perfect.
In the over two months that have passed, a miner has become a father to a daughter named Hope, notes have been sent back and forth to loved ones, video has been able to be transmitted down into the mine so the miners can watch the news and get exercise, and food and supplies (including cigarettes) have been sent to keep the miners comfortable.
The miners have been patient as well as their families and friends who have lived in a “tent city” above ground waiting for news about their beloved miners below the surface.
So who gets to be rescued first? According to officials, “the most technically adept miners will be the first to ascend the rescue shaft so that they can help with their own rescues should any problems arise. They will be followed by miners who have health concerns, such as diabetes or heart conditions. The miners judged to be emotionally strongest will go last.”
Many of he men could suffer all kinds of physical and mental difficulties once they are rescued, but they will cross that bridge when they are actually safe and above ground.
Personally, I originally started writing about this story because I wanted to get it out there and get my work out there, however, it has become more than that. I care about these men. I have grown fond of them through my writing, so it has become more about my hope that they are rescued which looks like it will come to fruition this week. To me, that is the best prize I could get for writing these articles.