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First Miner Expected to Reach Surface Tonight

By: CBS
By: CBS

Excitement is building as those trapped miners in Chile are just hours away from the start of the underground rescue.

Above ground it looks like business as usual at camp hope where relatives of the 33 trapped miners are waiting, but tension is building because the rescue is just hours away.
Officials say the first miner could be pulled out by midnight in a newly tested rescue cage.

The shaft surrounding it held firm during the test though there are fears about the integrity of the mine’s roof. The plan: one by one the miners will make the trip 2000 feet from underground winched to safety and the surface. It will take the capsule 25 minutes to get to the bottom. That’s 10 to 15 minutes for the trip bottom to the top.

Officials are dividing the men into two groups. The fittest will be pulled up first.

The miners have been put on a diet to boost their strength; and aspirin to avoid blood clotting.

They will have to take immediate action once they hit the surface if it's light outside; since they've been in the dark for 68 days.

Then they’ll go directly to a hospital where showers and fresh clothes are waiting and they’ll be examined.

The miners are asking for privacy when they come up to make up for lost time with their loved ones, but celebrations are inevitable.

If you would like to see the miners rescue from start to finish you can got to www.wtvy.com/cbsnewslivefeed.


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