New Hope for Earlier Rescue of Chilean Miners (Video)

By Jasper Fakkert
Jasper Fakkert
Jasper Fakkert
Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Editions
Jasper Fakkert is the Editor-in-chief of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a Master's degree in Journalism.
September 21, 2010 Updated: September 24, 2010

[ New Hope for Earlier Rescue of Chilean Miners – NTDTV ]

Thirty-three miners trapped in a Chilean mine for 47 days may be able to see daylight again sooner than planned, as a rescue tunnel is expected to be completed earlier than expected.

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.

Jasper Fakkert
Jasper Fakkert
Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Editions
Jasper Fakkert is the Editor-in-chief of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a Master's degree in Journalism.