KidsPost: Chilean miners rescued after being trapped for 69 days

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Miners rescued after 69 days underground

-- The rescue of 33 miners trapped deep underground in Chile for more than two months continued all day Wednesday.

The men, who range in age from 19 to 63, have been stuck in the gold and copper mine 2,000 feet underground since Aug. 5, when thousands of tons of rock and debris collapsed and sealed the exit. The miners survived the first 17 days by eating one spoonful of tuna per person every two days. Rescue workers finally bored a small tunnel, the width of an orange, down to the space where the miners were trapped, and began delivering essentials such as food and medicine, but also music and telephones.

The bigger rescue tunnel took this long to dig. A special capsule was built to fit through the tunnel, and all day yesterday was slowly lowered into the mine and raised again, bringing up one miner at a time. They were greeted by family, rescuers, doctors and the president of Chile.

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