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Chilean miner Luis Urzua, center, gestures alongside President Sebastian Pinera after reaching the surface on Wednesday. He was the last of the 33 miners rescued.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / Government of Chile

Relatives of miner Dario Segovia react as they watch the televised rescue operation at the camp outside the collapsed San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile. Segovia was the 20th of 33 miners to be rescued from the mine after more than two months trapped underground.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press

Esteban Rojas hugs his wife after becoming the 18th miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

The Phoenix rescue capsule, with trapped miner Esteban Rojas inside, is prepared for its 18th journey to the surface at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: POOL / Reuters

Victor Zamora reaches the surface to become the 14th trapped miner to be rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile

Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda celebrates after leaving the "Fenix" rescue capsule during the rescue operation at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

Chilean miner Osman Araya embraces his wife, Angelica, after his rescue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

Viewers watch the rescue of the miners on a large screen in a public square in Copiapo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARIANA BAZO / Reuters

A man runs with Uruguayan and Chilean national flags over the hills above the area where 33 miners were trapped.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / Reuters

Edison Pena raises his fist as he is carried on a stretcher after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile

Relatives and friends of miner Carlos Barrios react while watching the rescue operation on a TV screen at the camp outside the mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press

Miner Alex Vega arrives as the 10th to be rescued.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Miner Jorge Galeguillos gives a thumbs-up after his rescue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile

Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda celebrates after being brought to the surface. He was the second to be rescued after spending 69 days in the collapsed San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP

An image taken from video shows rescuer Manuel Gonzalez, second from left, being greeted by the miners after he was lowered into the chamber. The hoisting of the first miner took 14 minutes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / APTN

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, right, hugs Florencio Avalos after the foreman was rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he was trapped with 32 other miners for more than two months.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Manuel de la Maza / Chilean Presidential Press Office

Rescuer Manuel Gonzalez gets into the Phoenix capsule as the operation to lift the 33 trapped miners to the surface gets underway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP

Rescuers and technicians prepare the capsule before starting the rescue operation of the 33 trapped miners at the San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

A Chilean policeman looks at letters exchanged by trapped miner Mario Gomez with his family at the San Jose mine in Copiapó. The 33 trapped miners there are set to travel nearly half a mile through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man's shoulders on Tuesday night, as their two-month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MERCADO / Reuters

A group of rescuers rehearses the operation to retrieve 33 trapped miners at the mine. The rescue operation could begin as early as Tuesday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HUGO INFANTE / EFE/GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

Romina Gomez, daughter of trapped miner Mario Gomez, holds her daughter Camila as they sit at the relatives' camp next to the San Jose mine. The 33 miners expected to be rescued starting late Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jorge Saenz / Associated Press

A relative of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in a copper and gold mine is hugged by a policeman after the T-130 drilling machine completed an escape hole for the 33 miners that are trapped deep underground at San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

Workers operate the T-130 drilling machine as they prepare the last tube, left, that will be used to complete an escape hole for the 33 trapped miners.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

Relatives of some of the trapped miners hold up a flag printed with the men's portraits, two months after the accident at the San Jose mine near Copiapo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / Reuters

Police officers patrol as rescue efforts continue to reach the miners 2,300 feet underground. Officials said the effort was going faster than expected.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dario Lopez-Mills / Associated Press

One of the trapped miners operates a machine to cart away rocks dropped into the tunnel by one of the rigs drilling a hole to rescue them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chilean Government

Luis Urzua, left, and Mario Sepulveda help cart away rock dropped into the tunnel by one of the rigs drilling from the surface to rescue them and 31 other miners.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chilean Government

Carolina Lobos, whose father, Franklin Lobos, is among the trapped miners, helps test the capsule designed by the Chilean navy to bring up the miners. Drills are working to drill a hole the capsule can pass through.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIEL MARINKOVIC / AFP/Getty Images

A view of the rescue operations area at the San Jose mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIEL MARINKOVIC / AFP/Getty Images

Camila Campillay, granddaughter of Mario Gomez, one of the trapped miners, receives a capsule with messages from him.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIEL MARINKOVIC / AFP/Getty Images

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera talks to the miners via a video conference.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRESIDENCY OF CHILE

The trapped miners dance as they celebrate the country's bicentenary of independence. President Sebastian Pinera and writer Isabel Allende traveled to the mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EFE/Government of Chile

Jesica Cortez rejoices as she reads a letter from her husband, Victor Zamora, one of the miners trapped in the shaft.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP/Getty Images

An image released from a video shows part of one of the drills from inside the San Jose mine. Three sets of drills were used to see which would be fastest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chile's Presidency

The trapped miners wave to a video camera sent down a narrow rescue hole. The width is now 12 inches and will need to be about 28 inches. It is hoped the men can be freed by early November.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EFE/GOVERNMENT OF CHILE

A Chilean flag flutters inside the entrance of the San Jose mine. Authorities and the families of the trapped miners must prepare the workers for reintegration into social life after they are rescued and acquire "a certain celebrity status," said NASA experts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CLAUDIO REYES / EFE

Relatives of the trapped workers hold a vigil at the mine near Copiapo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN SALAS / EPA

An image from video shows two of the trapped miners receiving aid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA/CODELCO

A TV grab taken from a video released by Chile's government shows the trapped miners.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chilean government

Relatives of the 33 miners trapped underground gather around a screen showing a video of the men inside the gold and copper mine near Copiapo, in the Atacama region.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / Reuters

A photo of miner Mario Gomez and a letter he wrote underground to his wife are shown outside the mine. Psychological experts say they plan to keep the trapped men informed and busy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / Reuters

A computer screen shows Florencio Avalos, one of 33 miners trapped underground near the city of Copiapo. The image was taken by a video camera lowered into the mine. Rescuers began sending down food, water and oxygen, preparing the miners for a stay that may last as long as four months.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IVAN ALVARADO / Reuters

President Sebastian Pinera holds one of the miners' notes, written with paint, which were attached to a drill that rescuers used to bore into the mine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hector Retamal / Associated Press

Relatives wait as efforts to rescue the trapped miners continue in Copiapo, Chile.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Hidalgo / Associated Press

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[Read latest update here]

[Updated 8:15 a.m. Oct. 13: The 15th man trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine was pulled to safety. Read full story]

[Updated 9:24 p.m. Oct.12: The first two of 33 miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed mine half a mile underground have reached the surface.

Florencio Avalos, 31, a foreman, was raised to freedom first inside a slim capsule pulled through the 28-inch-wide shaft that had been drilled to reach the men’s underground refuge. He emerged to ecstatic cheers from rescue workers and the families of the miners, but was shielded from the view of the reporters who had arrived from around the world to cover the dramatic event.

Next came Mario Sepulveda Espina, who hugged his wife and President Sebastian Pinera, and handed out some rocks he brought up with him.]

[Updated at 11:53 a.m. Oct. 12: Chile miners: First retrieval could come before end of the day]

[Updated at 8:18 a.m. Oct. 12: Times reporter Chris Kraul reports from Copiapo, Chile, that in a test run Monday, engineers succeeded in lowering a rescue capsule almost all the way down the 2,000-foot hole through which crews plan to lift 33 trapped miners, perhaps starting late Tuesday or early Wednesday, government officials said.]

[Update: Times reporter Chris Kraul reports from Copiapo, Chile, that rescuers with a powerful drill broke through to the underground chamber where 33 miners have been stranded since Aug. 5, signaling that the end to their ordeal could be near.]

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — Chile’s mining minister announced that a shaft wide enough to provide an escape for 33 trapped miners should reach the men by Saturday — and that their rescue could begin anywhere from two to 10 days after that.

Once the drill breaks through to the miners’ cavern about 2,000 feet underground, the time frame for the rescue will be determined by a technical evaluation of the risks involved, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Thursday, meaning they could be pulled out as early as Monday or Tuesday.

The timing hinges on whether the rescue team decides to use steel piping to line the walls of the shaft and reduce the risk of a rock fall or other obstruction jamming an escape capsule that will carry the miners up, Golborne said.

But inserting straight pipe with walls of half-inch-thick steel through a curved and fractured section of the shaft also risks clogging the hole or knocking rock loose. If sections of pipe break apart or get stuck, it could slow the rescue.

The alternatives are leaving the raw “live rock” unreinforced, inserting a sleeve in the top section only, or encasing the entire shaft, a process that would delay the rescue for an additional 10 days after the decision is made.

“They are all possible alternatives,” Golborne said. “There are risks and benefits we have to think about.”

Golborne said a decision will be based on technical factors once a video camera is lowered to thoroughly examine the shaft’s walls.

While the “Plan A” and “Plan C” drills have been slowed by efforts to keep them on target, “Plan B” resumed Thursday with fresh bits carving through the final 300 feet.

– Associated Press

13 Comments

  1. October 7, 2010, 8:20 pm

    [...] The Los Angeles Times has a slideshow and article about the developments titled Chile miner rescue. [...]

  2. October 7, 2010, 8:21 pm

    [...] It appears that the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners might be happening quite soon. The Los Angeles Times has a slideshow and article about the developments titled Chile miner rescue. [...]

  3. October 8, 2010, 8:49 am

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    By: onesoberdave@aol.com
  4. October 10, 2010, 11:57 am

    YESYESYES!! MAN RESCUES MAN!! IS A BEAUTIFUL THING!!!
    (whereinheavenwasgod?! whydidgodnotpreventthisaccident??!!)

    By: JoeBananas
  5. October 12, 2010, 2:40 pm

    [...] said. – Chris Kraul in Copiapo, ChileRelated:Photos: Chile miner rescueLive video: Chilean miners rescue operationGraphic: Narrow escape way for minersMap: Copiapo, [...]

  6. October 12, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Because there is no such thing as God. Stop being fooled by religion.

    By: yo@aol.com
  7. October 12, 2010, 7:46 pm

    [...] end,” Manalich said.– Chris Kraul in Copiapo, ChileRelated:Photos: Chile miner rescueLive video: Chilean miners rescue operationGraphic: Narrow escape way for minersMap: [...]

  8. October 13, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Why don't any of the miners have beards after two months underground?

    By: Kevin
  9. October 13, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I have to say, I'm with 'Kevin' on this, the first thing I noticed is that for a bunch of men trapped in a mine for more than two months, these guys look awfully clean and well shaven. Was there a shower and running water down there? HMMMMM?

    By: jorges
  10. October 13, 2010, 6:42 pm

    you gringos are dumb, how can you even say this was a set up!
    are you going to tell me that is imposible to send a 10 cm shaver through a hole?.

    Feliz por los mineros de mi pais, viva chile mierda!

    By: Roberto
  11. October 14, 2010, 4:12 am

    over a billion estimated watched the rescue. viva la enternet!!

    By: brother dale
  12. June 29, 2011, 2:04 am

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