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Trapped Chilean Miners Send Up Video Message
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Posted on 08/27/2010 7:59:55 AM PDT by Weird Tolkienish Figure

The 33 miners trapped for three weeks almost half a mile underground appear in good spirits and reasonably good health in the first video images of them in their subterranean home.

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It's pretty heartwarming to see how their spirits are holding out after 3 weeks like this. God bless 'em!

1 posted on 08/27/2010 7:59:58 AM PDT by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

Video came back with audio only.....message was....

“NEED MOAR COWBELL!”


2 posted on 08/27/2010 8:02:09 AM PDT by BigBlueJon ("And shepherds we shall be....For Thee, my Lord, for Thee....")
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

Godspeed.


3 posted on 08/27/2010 8:04:09 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (old dog. new tricks.)
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

It’ll be a great day when they finally get them out of there. This reminds me of the Que Creek miners trapped several years ago in PA. I wonder what they must be thinking.


4 posted on 08/27/2010 8:04:14 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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They’re saying they won’t be out until Christmas. :(


5 posted on 08/27/2010 8:06:33 AM PDT by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

This is just heart-breaking. My prayers go out to them.


6 posted on 08/27/2010 8:07:59 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

Question: Do they get paid for their time down there?


7 posted on 08/27/2010 8:11:34 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

God bless them indeed. What a bittersweet thing it must be for their families to see the video and know their loved ones are alive, and yet may not get out for months...


8 posted on 08/27/2010 8:13:32 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

Dear Lord, please free the Chilean miners.

Amen.


9 posted on 08/27/2010 8:13:46 AM PDT by bergmeid
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“They’re saying they won’t be out until Christmas. :(”

Yes, I heard that. I’m surprised it will take so long. I know they have to drill probably a 2 foot wide hole 1/2 mile through solid rock, but 4 months?


10 posted on 08/27/2010 8:15:32 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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"Question: Do they get paid for their time down there?"

In all seriousness, I posted a very similar question here at #23 last night, and haven't received a response. I wasn't trying to be a smartass, but simply wondered how it would be addressed.

11 posted on 08/27/2010 8:16:34 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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Question: Do they get paid for their time down there?

The Chilean government has seized $1.8mm dollars for their benefit from the company, which is likely to declare bankruptcy.

The miners average about $15K in wages a year, or about $7.50 an hour.

If they were paid for 24 hours a day for 150 days, it would be about $890K.

But assuming that anything besides 8 hours per weekday is double overtime, it's about $1.8mm.

12 posted on 08/27/2010 8:23:31 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Joe 6-pack

See post 12.


13 posted on 08/27/2010 8:24:03 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

This breaks my heart. It is beyond comprehension. I can admire the spirit of these men and hope for their quickest retrieval.

As a note, I am so extremely claustrophobic, that even watching the video makes me physically ill.


14 posted on 08/27/2010 8:30:30 AM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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I know they have to drill probably a 2 foot wide hole 1/2 mile through solid rock, but 4 months?

If they move too fast and make a mistake, those guys will be crushed under thousands of tons of rock.

A big concern is that one or more of them will break down psychologically and cause problems for the whole group.

They're pretty used to being deep underground but . . .

15 posted on 08/27/2010 8:34:43 AM PDT by wideawake
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wonder if they’re still on the clock. they’re hourly ain’t they?


16 posted on 08/27/2010 8:50:57 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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wonder if they’re still on the clock. they’re hourly ain’t they?


17 posted on 08/27/2010 8:51:00 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: wideawake

They need to send down a crate of vuvuzela’s to help them keep thier spirits up.


18 posted on 08/27/2010 9:12:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: KittenClaws
My husband has been an underground miner for over 35 years. He said as long as he was getting paid and there was no management down there to F things up he would be fine.
19 posted on 08/27/2010 9:32:29 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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The mining company said they were bankrupt - the state is paying for the rescue, supposedly.


20 posted on 08/27/2010 9:39:56 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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My husband has been an underground miner for over 35 years. He said as long as he was getting paid and there was no management down there to F things up he would be fine.

That is beyond brave, IMO. It must take a particular kind of person to work a mine in the first place. I've visited Carlsbad Caverns a couple of times. Though beautiful and large, the urge to, I don't know, run, scratch my eyes out..hits me before we reach bottom - this, knowing there is an immediate way out.

21 posted on 08/27/2010 9:59:14 AM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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I read that the escape shaft will not accommodate anyone with a waist size greater than 35”. I am not sure how much exercise the miners are going to get down there over the next four months if they just sit around playing dominoes, so this may be a problem.
22 posted on 08/27/2010 10:00:37 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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I read that the escape shaft will not accommodate anyone with a waist size greater than 35”.

I would think shoulder width would be more important.

23 posted on 08/27/2010 10:30:24 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

I’m praying for them.


24 posted on 08/27/2010 11:41:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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He's taken me down twice....and that was enough for me. At one of the mines because he had clearance he could take personal friends down. He would take us off the areas that had lighting and have us turn our lights off and be still. I have never experienced darkness or roaring quiet like that ever. It's not for everyone but he loves it.
25 posted on 08/27/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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I don't know but from the videos coming up they do have a long corridor off that room. I'm sure the desire to get out will motivate them to keep moving.
26 posted on 08/27/2010 12:12:01 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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It’s weird how loud silence can be.

They used to do that with tours at carlsbad, and it never bothered me, what bothers me is not being able to get out, to be trapped in the dark.


27 posted on 08/27/2010 12:40:22 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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