[ New Hope for Earlier Rescue of Chilean Miners – NTDTV ]
The rescue tunnel, which will need to reach 2,300 feet underground, was originally planned to be ready in November.
“It is likely that the rescue operation will take place in October if we have no delays,” a senior Chilean official told Reuters on Tuesday.
A small borehole, the only string of contact at present with the miners, is being used to send food, water, and medical supplies to the miners.
The men, aged 19 to 63, were working in the Minera San Esteban, a San José gold deposit, when a large landslide blocked the entrance. Tons of rock collapsed, trapping the miners inside the mine.
Help has arrived from across the country and abroad. Teams with machinery and technical expertise from Australia and the United States joined the rescue strategy, along with government aid, private companies, and Chilean mining machinery.