Chile: First miner set to be rescued

October 12, 2010 19:39

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — The first of 33 trapped miners was expected to be lifted to the surface late Tuesday after miraculously surviving more than two months about half a mile below ground, Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne announced.

The minister told a news conference that officials "hope to have at least one of our miners on the surface" before the end of the day — apparently the longest period anyone has ever been trapped underground.Rescuers were keeping the miners busy on final preparations they were to climb into a custom-made capsule for what tests indicated should be a smooth ride to the outside world.

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