August 29th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Trapped miners expected to talk to families

The 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for more than three weeks could have a chance to talk directly with family members for the first time Sunday. A communication line will be set up Sunday to allow family members to speak with miners below, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told reporters.

Family members have mounted a constant vigil in a tent city - dubbed Camp Hope - outside the copper and gold mine in the Chilean desert. A week ago, miners first sent up a written message telling rescuers they had been safely huddled in a shelter 2,300 feet (701 meters) below the surface since the August 5 mine cave-in.

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