May 19, 2019

Trapped miners depressed as rescue drilling about to start

Rescue Drill - If this was photographed in Iraq back in Saddam's day the CIA would have identified it as a nuclear cannon

A special hydraulic bore is almost ready to begin the task of drilling a rescue shaft down to the 33 trapped miners in Chile.

The drill will bore a 60cm-70cm shaft that will enable a one person capsule to be lowered to miners who are trapped 700m below ground.
That is the good news, the bad news is that even if they drill around the clock it is still likely to take months to get to the miners.

On Friday Chile’s Health Minister Jaime Manalich said five of the 33 miners were showing signs of depression. They are reported to not be eating properly and refused to appear in a 45-minute video which the miners had filmed for their families. Mr. Manalich says that psychologists would attempt to treat the men from the surface over an intercom system.

The miners were told last Wednesday that it could take up to four months to rescue them. There is apparently no truth to the rumour that the miners in response to having to wait until Christmas to be rescued asked if BP was involved in drilling the escape shaft.