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American team helping to free Chilean miners
CNN.com: By Patrick Oppmann September 15, 2010
At the San Jose Mine, Chile (CNN) -- Brandon Fisher has the deep orange hue of someone who has a sunburn on top of a sunburn. The creases under his eyes are evidence of how little sleep he has had lately.
Fisher and a small crew of American drillers are the tip of the spear for Plan B, one of the three drilling teams racing to rescue 33 trapped miners buried 2,300 feet below the ground.
It's a high pressure assignment expected to continue for months in Chile's remote and unforgiving Atacama Desert
Fisher's crew has been working around the clock for more than a week. Despite the grueling schedule, he said he's up for the challenge.
"We have got humans in the ground. It doesn't matter if they are Americans or Chileans," Fisher said Monday in his first interview since arriving in Chile eight days earlier.
"We have the ability to help them out, and that's the whole reason we are here. Miners are miners; it doesn't matter what country they are from."
Fisher is based in Berlin, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the state's mining country thousands of miles from Chile. His company, Center Rock Inc., aided in the rescue of nine miners who were trapped for more than four days after the 2002 collapse of the Quecreek Mine.
He has drilled oil, gas and water holes and the foundations for the Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
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