May 24, 2019

Trapped miners all alive in Chile

President Pinera proudly displays his homework that he thought he had lost and wouldn't get any marks for

Finally a mining accident story with a happy ending. Thirty-three miners who have been trapped underground in a Chilean mine for the past 17 days are all alive.

The men were working at a depth of around 700m (2,300ft) at the San Jose mine, near the city of Copiapo, when the rock above them collapsed.

Rescuers sent a probe into the mine and heard hammering noises. A rescue worker said when the probe came back it had a note tied to it saying “there are 33 workers alive down here.”

Until yesterday there had been no word on the fate of the missing miners who are trapped 4.5 miles (7km) inside the San Jose gold and copper mine and about 700m vertically underground. They have been since 5 August when the main access tunnel collapsed.

Chile President Sebastian Pinera – like all good politicians do when there is good news – grabbed the note and proudly showed it to the waiting news cameras. President Pinera said “It will take months to get them out. It will take time, but it doesn’t matter how long it takes, to have a happy ending.”

Plastic tubes will now be sent down the borehole to carry food, hydration gels and communications equipment to the miners.

Newswarped is wondering if the next note from the miners will be asking if they are getting paid overtime for the 24 hours shifts they are putting in at the moment?