Officials are stating that rescuers are hours away.
Thirty-threeChilean miners have been trapped in a copper and gold mine since August 5th, in Copiapo, Chile. Rescue efforts have been trying, but after two months, the drill has almost reached the area where the miners have been trapped.
Originally, officials thought the miners would not be rescued until December, close to Christmas. With one of the drills possibly reaching the miners “underground pocket today,” the miners could be out by this coming Tuesday, October 12th.
The groups of tents that house friends and family waiting for news has been abuzz with excitement.
The miners are not quite out of the woods. Workers and rescuers have to be careful once the drill gets to the miners. A camera will be sent down to check safety. They want to make sure the area can hold the capsule they plan to use to carry the miners back up to the surface. If they deem it not safe, it could add a week so they can reinforce the area with a “steel pipe.” Friends and family are anxious to see their loved ones, however, they say they can handle a few more days if that is what is safest.
“Officials caution that the rescue is now entering its most dangerous phase. The miners themselves may have to use dynamite to help widen the rescue shaft so that the Phoenix capsule can pass through. Engineers said they’re taking all safety precautions. “
Personally, I am so excited that this rescue has been so successful thus far. These trapped miners are brave, wonderful people, and I will be thinking about them until they see the light of day, and probably for some time after.