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Trapped Chilean miners
« on: October 10, 2010, 05:44:53 PM »
The escape tunnel has reached the 33 miners at the San José mine in northern Chile, cause for exultation, but it ain't over till it's over, so we wait and hope...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/09/chile-miners-san-jose-trapped
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 07:30:16 PM »
The report I heard described some kind of triage approach to getting the miners out with the weakest being sandwiched between those fit and the strongest. The Guardian describes the latter as the leaders.

I haven't read anything in depth but how bad is the condition of the weakest members? I sure hope they all make it out safely and recover fully.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010, 08:11:31 PM »
FWIW the CBC reported that the wife and gurlfriend of one of the miners found out about each other through the situation.

He has volunteered to be the last out.  :o
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010, 08:37:11 PM »
Wonderful news. These last few days will be even harder for those close to the miners -- go carefully, go carefully.

(Side note: English usage is funny. See how the Guardian refers to Wednesday as "next week." Wouldn't you say "this week"?)

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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 08:58:06 PM »
Umm no  :confused Next Wednesday is not This Wednesday, it will be This Wednesday when the weekend is over, but for now it is Next Wednesday. (sorry week, but same thing)

I'm so happy to read about this, I only prayed for 2 things at the Thanksgiving table, for the wife of the imprisoned Chinese dissident who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to be safe, unharmed, and able to visit her husband and for the Chilean miners to be brought to the surface of the earth all intact well before Xmas. They have a lot to process when they get to the top, no doubt some of those men have undergone both negative and positive life-changing experiences which will affect them for a very long time. It's going to be fascinating to hear their stories, what they all agreed to, how deeply they bonded etc.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 09:25:49 PM »
Live feed of the rescue. There's "talk" that the first miner may be out within an hour.

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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 09:47:15 PM »
Sometimes the winch stops turning, and you think Oh fork. But it's going again.

My God, but engineers are incredible people. The patience it takes to do what they do has just never been in my toolkit, but they can be magic.

ETA: Oh, drat. They're just testing an empty capsule again.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010, 10:01:06 PM »
Well, g'night all, and God bless at least some of those miners through the night -- it's going to take a long time to get all of them up.

ETA: OMG, we just watched a rescuer go down in the capsule. Absolutely riveting (no pun intended), although it aggravates my claustrophobia. Now I'm really going to bed.  Much clapping and chanting in Spanish.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 11:16:48 PM »
But I couldn't leave. They were too close. And now ...

Florencio! He's up! The first of the miners is up! Yay yay yay!

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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010, 11:18:52 PM »
Aw, his little boy wailing! So touching.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2010, 11:24:32 PM »
I think they're sending a paramedic down in the return trip.

OMG, this is 'way more than the moon landing. I gotta go to sleep, but I can't detach.

ETA: On and off, we get incredible film from the trap. We can see the miners moving around, all of them in their shorts, although the brave guy who went down first took them something like medical scrubs to put on, and we can see them getting dressed. He also took oxygen.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2010, 11:42:28 PM »
Who is that guy skdadl, speaking right now? It is amazingly refreshing to hear someone speak so positively about 'workers', about the mine's accident history etc., gawd the marvel of the engineering is too much.
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2010, 11:49:40 PM »
You speak Spanish, Toe? All I'm hearing is Spanish, and I so wish I spoke it, but I have to guess at most of it. (I'm watching at the Guardian.)

I'm pretty sure that El Presidente spoke at some length a little while ago, but otherwise I don't know who I'm watching. The Guardian liveblogging leaves a lot to be desired -- I don't think the blogger knows Spanish either, a major drawback.

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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2010, 11:54:01 PM »
Translation @ http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/10/12/chile-mine-extraction-102.html

I feel the whole world must be on pause, they must be, in fact the whole universe! Gah, I'm tired, but an't break away.

Si, poco espanol.  :p
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Re: Trapped Chilean miners
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2010, 11:57:16 PM »
Another guy is going up in the capsule. We can see that from the vid in the trap. OMG, I don't know that I could go through that trip.

 

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