Rescue of trapped miners not finished before November

11:24, September 22, 2010      

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Chile's Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Tuesday that rescue of the 33 miners trapped in a cooper mine in the north of the country could not be finished before November.

Golborne made the remark while responding to some local media reports that the rescue of the miners could be finished in weeks, and not in months as the authorities had said before.

"I have not heard any official information from any authorities, so I ask you to be cautious. I am the one who have given the dates established at the work programs and the rescue could be finished in the first days of November," Golborne told reporters.

"We have advanced a couple of days from the original plan that made us be optimistic, but it does not mean we are going to save them the next week," he added.

After launching the Plan C, which uses an oil exploration drill, and drills between 20 to 30 meters per day, some experts said that the rescue could be finished much earlier than the date established by the authorities.

However, "it is not only about drilling, once the drill is done it is

necessary to reinforce the well and that is a complex project," Golborne said.

The miners have been trapped since Aug. 5 in San Jose mine, they are located in a shelter 700 meters underground.

Source: Xinhua


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