33 trapped Chile miners found alive after 17 days

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 22, 2010 23:19

SANTIAGO, Chile — All 33 miners trapped deep underground for 17 days were reached alive Sunday, Chile's president confirmed.

A probe sent early Sunday near the site of a shelter came back with a handwritten note: "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter."

"We are overjoyed at the news," said President Sebastian Pinera, who euphorically waved the message written in red letters at the rescue site.

Rescuers sent a probe early Sunday 2,257 feet (688 meters) deep into the collapsed gold and copper mine and became optimistic when they heard hammering noises.

Mine officials and family had hoped the workers were able to escape to the shelter when the walls collapsed Aug. 5 but had said air and food supplies there were limited.

Rescuers sent eight probes into the mine before reaching the shelter. They said it could take up to four months to get the miners out.


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