Good news for the trapped miners. According to the article below, Chile’s government hopes to have the group out of the collapsed mine later this month after initially saying it would take until Christmas. There are three drills working to reach them and they are making good time. I'm sure that to the men trapped below, every hour saved is precious. . . . June
Chilean miners could see light soon:
Eyewitness News: South African construction giant Murray and Roberts said its drill will break through to a group of trapped Chilean miners within the next few days.
After that, the hole left by the pilot drill will be widened to a 70cm diameter to allow a special capsule to pull the 33 men to surface.
The miners are stuck 700 metres underground and are waiting as three separate drills are boring their way down to rescue them.
Fresh reports have said Chile’s government hopes to have the group out of the collapsed mine later this month after initially saying it would take until Christmas.
Murray and Roberts said while the other two drills may well reach the miners earlier, their rescue shaft will not be ready before mid-November.
The company’s Ed Jardim said, “Our drills are currently 600 metres down of the 700 and that’s the pilot hole.
Thereafter we’ll start widening the hole to its full diameter. We expect that our pilot hole will break through in the next few days, maybe in a week or 10 days.”
The miners have been trapped underground for two months and are reportedly exercising to stay fit and prepare for their rescue.