Good news from the global rescue effort to save the thirty-three men trapped 2,300ft underground in the San Jose gold and copper mine in Chile. After being trapped for 65 days, yesterday morning the “Plan B” drill broke through the last bits of rock into a part of the mine accessible by the trapped miners.
Chile’s mining minister said this morning that a video inspection of the newly drilled escape tunnel shows the walls will need only partial reinforcement before an attempt will be made to pull them to safety, and hopes to start on Wednesday
The 33 trapped miners who have now been down the mine longer than anyone created a micro-society to help them stave off boredom and keep their sanity, and have taken on roles they never had before: priest, doctor, poet, TV presenter, foreman.
Victor Zamora who until now had never written anything, wrote a poem during the first 17 days they were trapped down the mine:
Arriba el Animo – Our spirits are high
We have to organize ourselves
We have to plan together and pray
Ask god that the bore hole arrives in time
Three weeks go by and this noise doesn’t stop
One bore hole goes by us
Another only half way down
Listen to me god we can’t take anymore
Chile we are in your hands
Once they are rescued more unexpected troubles await them. At least five women at the rescue site have discovered that their partners had another wife and children. One miner has four women fighting over him.