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Escape shaft reaches trapped Chile miners

Chilean rescue workers say they have finished drilling an escape shaft for 33 miners trapped underground for more than two months, setting the stage for their evacuation.

Chilean rescue workers say they have finished drilling an escape shaft for 33 miners trapped for over two months half a mile underground after a cave-in, setting the stage for their evacuation in a world record survival story.

Engineers must now decide how much of the inside of the shaft to line with metal tubing before starting to hoist the men one at a time to the surface in special capsules, a task the government says will take from three to 10 days.

Published: October 9, 2010 04:00 AM

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