Drilling has begun to help save the thirty-three miners that have been left trapped 2300 feet underground since August 5th, 2010.
The miners were trapped almost 4 weeks ago when a main tunnel to the gold and copper mine collapsed, leaving them stranded underground in one of the mines shelters. They have been living on liquids, and have amazingly, been upbeat, healthy and strong throughout this whole, horrific scenario.
Rescue officials are in the process of sending solid food to the miners, but the holes that they have “bore” are very small. They also would like to try to send more supplies such as beds, but obviously, they do not want to put too much pressure anywhere in the mine for safety reasons.
Oner of their plans is is to widen one or more of the three holes that have already been made, just enough so that the miners can fit through them and crawl out to safety. This could be a very slow process, and they have been projecting that the miners may not be out until December, around Christmas time.
A psychologist, nutritionist, medical personnel and a NASA engineer have been on hand to help if and when needed.
This past weekend, the miners were able to talk to their loved ones through a microphone lowered through one of the holes. Families have been staked out in tents outside the mine waiting patiently for any new details.