Rescue officials are giving more than just food and water to the miners who have been trapped in Chile’s San Jose mine for more than three weeks.
Through three bore holes that are about 4 inches in diameter, officials are sending down items to help them be more comfortable and be as physically and mentally fit as possible.
The miners, trapped in a cavernous shelter more than 2,300 feet below the surface, have phone communication with rescuers between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily, and also opportunities for sporadic, brief phone communication with family members.
Here are some of the items that rescue workers have sent through the tubes to the miners.
– Liquid proteins and vitamins
– Water, at least five liters each per day
– Vaccinations, to fight tetanus, influenza and respiratory infections
– Antiseptic cream for eye irritation and fungal skin infections
– High-tech T-shirts and shorts, designed to wick away sweat
– Lightweight rubber boots
– LED flashlights
– Movie projector the size of a cellphone that projects a 21-inch image
– Video recordings of games from the Chilean soccer championship
– Selection of movies
– Domino set
– Pack of cards
– Military-style camp beds
– MP3 music players
– Speakers for MP3 players
– Soap, shampoo, shower caps, shavers, toothbrush and toothpaste
– Towels, each one marked with a miner's name
– Letters from relatives on an almost daily basis
– Starting this week: sandwiches, hummus and a hot meal