COPIAPO, CHILE // The first rescue hole wide enough to pull trapped workers from a Chilean mine should reach the 33 men on Saturday, a minister said.
"We expect to break through around Saturday," said Mining Minister Laurence Golborne.
Mr Goldborne however did not commit to a date to rescue the miners, who will be pulled out one by one from the depths of a mine in a custom built cage.
The 33 men have been trapped underground for two months in an emergency shelter after the gold and copper mine collapsed.
He said that in the best case scenario it will be "two or three days," or in the worst case "eight to 10 days after the drill has reached the miners".