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Chilean Miners Still Trapped

09-13-2010By: Richard
Thirty-three miners were trapped in a mine in Chile.  They were found alive after seventeen days when a rescue effort managed to break through with a small probe to an area where the miners had managed to escape to.  That was the good news.  The bad news is that the actual rescue may take up to four months.  And the miners will have to lose enough weight to get their waist lines down to thirty-three to thirty-five inches.

Chilean authorities have contacted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for assistance in helping the miners in psychological coping for this extended period.  They are being provided with various nutritional substances, after having lived on emergency rations of two spoons of tuna, a sip of milk, a bite of cracker and a peach morsel until the initial contact with them was made.  They have three holes, one for supplies, one for communications, and one for air.

The magnitude and length of this rescue effort is the largest and lengthiest in history.  In 2009, there were three miners trapped in a flooded mine in Southern China who were rescued after twenty-five days.  These miners may well be rescued after five times of that.

Now these miners are not luxuriating in any splendor, lying about on antique Persian rugs.  The area they are trapped in is roughly two kilometers in size.  The rescue authorities are mapping out areas for walking and exercising, resting, working, and diversions.  The miners are being encouraged to exercise and to even have fun.  They are being encouraged to document the experience for their families and loved ones as well as other forms of entertainment.  They are not being told the length of time it will take before the rescue is complete and everyone communicating with them is being asked to keep the four month period a secret.  All the miners know is that it will be a long time.

When the rescue is complete and these thirty-three men are back on the surface, their ordeal will still not be complete.  They will most likely suffer ongoing psychological problems from the ordeal of being trapped below ground for months.  They will need counseling and most likely new forms of employment.  After all, how many individuals would be willing to return underground after having spent four to five months below ground in the darkness?

They may well get the opportunity to sell their stories and receive enough money to retire.  Then they can get that antique Persian Rug and lie around on it for the rest of their lives.  Probably in a nice, wide open spot piece of land.




 
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