A leading mining expert has expressed confidence that the 33 trapped miners in Chile will survive the four-month ordeal they face before being rescued, but said it was essential to keep their spirits up. Contact was made yesterday with the miners trapped by a collapse in the roof of the mine, located outside the northern Chilean city of Copiapó, on 5 August. But they face an agonising wait while a larger borehole is drilled to the bottom of the San José mine to rescue them. Dave Feickert, a mining safety expert from New Zealand currently working in China to improve the country's accident-prone mines, said that the men's morale was key. "They can survive with support from the surface," he said. "They'll be able to have food and water, messages. They're even talking about them being able to send video. As long as they have enough air, they should be all right. They will create a community of their own but I expect some of them will have a very tough time, particularly if they're not experienced." Feickert, who won China's friendship prize for foreign experts last year, said the fact that they were being led by an apparently experienced miner – 63-year-old Mario Gomez, who sent a message to the surface saying, "We'll surely come out OK" – was positive because he would be able assist his less experienced colleagues. The former National Union of Mineworkers researcher said the men's physical safety should be assured as it seemed there was no danger from further rockfalls. He said lamps should last "quite a while" provided they use them sparingly. While he acknowledged that conditions would be tough more than half a kilometre below the ground, he compared the miners' situation to that of workers on a submarine, albeit in less comfortable conditions. "Some people in China have been found after several weeks underground in conditions much worse," he said. Feickert said the technique being employed to rescue them was a sound one that had been used successfully in the past. "What they're going to do is use a proven technique used in the US before to rescue people from Quecreek" he said, in reference to nine miners in Pennsylvania who where were rescued alive in 2002 after being trapped for more than three days. "They'll drill another borehole that will be wide enough to bring out one man at a time. The borehole that has found them should be a good guide to get that larger borehole. The main factor is how deep they are trapped and the type of rock."
tl;dr 33 miners are stuck 700 meters underground in a caved in mine. it'll take 4 months to reach them. And the mine safety expert is basing his "keep up morale and they'll be fine" theory on miners that were trapped for 3 days.
I sincerely doubt they're going to be able to keep morale up for 4 fucking months.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
As long as they don't off each other what's the worst that can happen? Aside from the build up of bodily waste of course which I'm sure will make it lovely down there....
They'll get the black lung Pa.
You know, If this works, they're all going to come out of the mine endlessly whistling the theme of the Mickey Mouse club in 40-part harmony.
EDIT: There's another article that gives more details. It seems that they may actually be able to keep their sanity intact.
They'll get the black lung Pa.
Black lung is a result of coal mining, not copper/gold mining.
It sounds like these guys should do fine since they made it 17 days without any outside help.
Would be worse if one is claustrophobic
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
Granyaski;5381658Would be worse if one is claustrophobic
If he was he wouldn't be a miner in the first place...
Reports unsurprisingly showed the mine had numerous safety violations and hazards, though no action was taken place as the owners continued to squeeze their workers for more profit, and eventually this happens.
The miners are told to "keep their spirits up", while their shit owners get to be free on the outside and live the life they've made on the back of miners.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;5381662If he was he wouldn't be a miner in the first place...
Quiet smart ass:lulz:
It will be fascinating to see how the miners react to this situation. 4 months underground with the same group of people, in a stressful, dangerous situation will produce interesting results. It'll be a rare chance to study group dynamics in an un-controlled environment. Scientists would never get the chance to do this kind of study in any ethical or moral way.