Rescue Shaft Ready in Chile

October 11, 2010

(ChattahBox World News) – The 33 Chilean miners that have been trapped since August 5th received the news that extraction could begin as early as Wednesday.  This news brought cheers of “Vive Chile” from family and friends holding vigil on the surface.

Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich, overseeing the health of the trapped miners, reports that their health is good and “They continue to have an admirable attitude.”

Workers completed reinforcing close to 300 feet of the half a mile long rescue shaft.  Now they are prepping the “Pheonix”, a steel rescue chamber that will be used to lower supplies.  Before anyone gets pulled out, a doctor is going to be lowered down to the miner’s location.  Then one by one this ordeal will be over.  Once out those healthy enough will spend time with family, the more infirm amongst them will be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

Work has been fast and furious to reach the miners but all precautions are being taken.  Still, there are risks associated with the extraction.  The reinforcing steel is to prevent any shaft collapse but the miners will still have to endure spinning and claustrophobia during the rescue.  Health officials have increased the miner’s physical activity as of late and making diet changes to make the rescue go more smoothly.  Most miners are in good health and only a few have exhibited anxiety and mild cardiac issues.

Amazingly after 66 days of confinement a mile below the surface, when asked to voluntarily make a rescue order according to Manalich there was no shortage of volunteers to go last.

Source: CNN


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