October 12th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Officials hope to have one miner rescued by end of day

[Updated at 11:26 a.m.] Rescuers at the Chilean mine expect to begin the rescue of 33 trapped miners during "the last quarter" of Tuesday, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

"We hope to finish the day with at least one miner on the surface," he said.

[Posted at 11:21 a.m.] The concrete base built for the winch system at the San Jose Mine in Chile has hardened, paving the way for the rescue of the miners to start tonight, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

The winch that will pull the trapper miners out in Chile will extract them at .7 meters (2.3 feet) per second, Health Minister Jaime Malanich said. In case of emergency, the speed of ascension can be increased to 3 meters (9.8 feet) per second.

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  1. vegasmama

    I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY DAILY AND AM SO EXCITED TO SEE THAT ALL OF U R COMMING HOME IAM PRAYING FOR ALL OF U AND THOSE INVOLVED THAT GOD GUIDES THERE HAND IN BRINGING U ALL SAFE AND SOUND

    October 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lydia

    The reporter might have bothered to mention the American engineer responsible for their rescue. Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army’s forward operating bases in Afghanistan when he got the call to fly to Chile. He spent the next 33 days on his feet, operating the drill that finally provided a way out Saturday for 33 trapped miners.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Maritza

    Congratulations on all efforts and God bless everyone involved. May God pave the way for those miners to be brought out alive and well.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. gwen letterman

    Got 2 gran sons from ky coal mine countys,now in military.better in iraq than 3 mile down. Thanks to all. GOD BLESS.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bless

    My prayers and blessings goes to the miners and their love ones.i could image having a love one trap.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. susy

    Happy & relieved to know that finally those poor man were finally rescued! may God bless them & the wonderful people that helped with their rescue! thank u!

    October 14, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse | Reply

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