"We have carried out the relevant tests of the
signal, which were described as optimal," the National Emergency Office
(Onemi) of the
Rescue workers liaised with personnel from the
mobile telephone company Movistar to broadcast the match to the miners,
who have been trapped since the mine shaft collapsed on
One of the 33 miners is suffering from severe tooth ache, Onemi noted, and his antibiotics treatment had to be changed.
Experts cited by Chilean media described the man's situation as worrying, since no more comprehensive remedies will be on hand for him until he is pulled up to the surface, and that could take another three or four months.
Another miner was also getting treatment for hypertension.
Rescue teams are using an
The drilling of a second shaft, Plan B, has also
begun at the San Jose copper mine and reached a depth of nearly 100
feet (30 meters). A
A bigger and stronger drill, which is normally used for oil and gas extraction, was due to arrive at the mine over the next few days. It would, however, take some time to prepare it for the operation, Chilean authorities said.
Once one of the passages has been widened to about 271/2 inches (70 centimeters), the miners will be lifted to the surface one by one in a well-lit module containing oxygen, water, food and an intercom system. The module will need between half an hour and an hour to reach the surface.
The earliest this is expected to happen is early December, Golborne said. According to media reports, the rescue might in fact come earlier than expected, perhaps even in October.
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