August 23rd, 2010
09:01 PM ET

Miners shared limited food to survive, president says

The 33 miners trapped inside a mine in Chile survived for more than 17 days by sharing small amounts of tuna and mackerel that were in a shelter, along with water, President Sebastian Pinera told CNN en Español on Monday.

"They had very little food," the president said, revealing new details about the conditions affecting the trapped miners. "They told us they ate tuna and mackerel every other day, and that they shared ... a jar of peaches among the 33."

A second probe reached the miners Monday, making a total of two devices that are capable of relaying communications, food and water between the trapped miners and those on the ground.

Using a video camera on one of the probes, Pinera said he saw the miners.

"I saw them jumping like children, with an infinite joy. They moved their arms, they turned on their flashlights," Pinera said.

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  1. Geo.

    To The 33 ! You have made the WHOLE WORLD smile an put back HOPE IN LIFE ! Now lets not move to fast cause it will be DANGEROUS. When they are singing WE must sing with them too ! MORE POWER TO THE THIRTY-THREE ! G.OTANI

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  2. joanie

    back in the day, (things are very different now, thankfully) my dad quit school when he was in 7th grade, and went to work in the coal mines. He died at 52 from emphesyma. These men work the worst job in the world, under horrible conditions, and yet they go to work every single day. They deserve our respect and prayers. Good for them. They made it to safety, and hopefully, they will dig them out quickly. Your're right. They have become a symbol of hope.

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