The arrival of four senior NASA officials and a delivery of hot food and music has lifted the spirits of the 33 trapped miners and their rescuers, despite warnings from the specialists that “false hopes” must be avoided.
AFP - The morale of 33 miners trapped in Chile soared Wednesday after music and hot meals were supplied, and NASA added its experience to keeping them healthy while a rescue drill inched closer.
A new video shot by the miners and broadcast on state television late Tuesday showed the men shaven, wearing clean clothes and listening to a tropical tune.
The figures in the images were a far cry from the haggard, mud-caked, bare-chested miners shown in a first video last week, days after they were located by a probe drill.
The miners have now spent 27 days in the San Jose mine in northern Chile, which collapsed August 5 -- a feat of subterranean survival unprecedented in modern memory.
The only other miners to have spent almost as long trapped underground were three Chinese men rescued in July last year after spending 25 days in a flooded shaft, chewing on coal and surrounded by their 13 dead colleagues.
Date created : 2010-09-01