Thirty-three Chilean Miners have been trapped 2300 feet underground in Copiapo, Chile since August 5th, 2010 when a main tunnel of the Copper and Gold mine they were working in caved in.
Recently, the thirty-three miners were able to talk to their loved ones instead of just passing notes back and forth as they had been. This weekend, they were also given a power line that will let them install some light in the shelter they have been trapped in They were also sent cigarettes for those who had asked for them. Two packs a day have been sent down for the miners who smoke cigarettes.
Obviously lighting up cigarettes will not help their rescue, however, for those who have the habit, it could lighten the mood and make a tough situation a little more bearable. As for actually having power in their shelter to have some actual light, this could help the miners adjust to actual daylight when they are rescued, although precautions will still be taken to protect their eyes once they are no longer trapped under ground.
Rescuers have pushed up the rescue to November instead of December, but I think they truly don’t know, and obviously, don’t want to give anyone any false hope. Families have been staked out in tents waiting for their loved ones who are trapped to be rescued.
Last week, one of the Chilean miners found out that he and his wife will be having a baby girl in a couple of weeks. Our thought and prayers go out to these miners, their families and their friends.