33 miners were trapped in a mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert. A camp, called Camp Hope, has been set up for relatives where they can stay until Christmas, when rescuers hope to get the miners out.
A rescue shaft 26 inches in diameter (the size of a bicycle tyre) is being bored, so that men can be lifted through this hole. It is expected that it could take three to four months to complete this rescue shaft.
In the meantime two other narrow shafts had been bored, through which food is lowered. call long thin cargo capsules called"doves", are used to supply the miners with everything from basic supplies of water, food and medicines to telephone lines, mini-video projectors and games and most important: letters from family and friends.
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