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27 August 2010 :: 17:08:27 pm 36794

Trapped Chilean Miners Healthy Despite Ongoing Ordeal

Footage of the 33 trapped Chilean minors, their surroundings and opinions of the ongoing ordeal have been broadcast on Chilean TV overnight. Chile’s Health Minister even exclaimed that all the miners were in relatively good health despite being trapped on minimal supplies for over 3 weeks.
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Chile, the 26th of August 2010: The newly-released video appears to show all 33 miners in good spirits despite the underground ordeal. The video was taken by a video camera dropped to the miners through one of three bore holes that have become the men’s lifeline since their discovery last Sunday.

The miners, shirtless, bearded and having lost considerable weight are “reasonably” healthy according to Chile’s Health Minister. Allegedly, the miners had lost between 8-10 kilograms each during the three week period where they had been surviving of rations meant to last 3-4 days. Some appear to be suffering the effects of dehydration.

All supplies, including rehydration drinks, games and anti-depressants are being sent down through one of three bore holes from the surface. Another one provides a communications link and the third is to provide ventilation.

It is still expected to take approximately 4-months to free the trapped men, with a 700m long shaft big enough for them to escape currently being drilled into the earth.

Despite their surroundings and the possibility of 4-months more of it, all the minors appear to be in good mental and physical health, with one man explaining to the camera, “We’ve organised everything really well down here,” before giving viewers a tour of their enclave.

More special exercises, recreation programmes, games, activities and entertainment are being sent down the shaft in order to keep the men stimulated in preparation for possibly four more months of confinement.

Reportedly, the family of one of the minors is now suing the mine owners and government inspectors involved with its operation. Accusing the owners of the San Jose-based mine of various safety lapses and the officials of negligently reopening the mine following a 2008 incident.

Amid the lawsuit, a Chile court has ordered the suspension of approximately US$1.8 million in mine assets to cover possible compensation costs. Rescue efforts and investigations into the accident are still ongoing, while Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera vows to punish anyone found responsible for the incident.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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