August 31st, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Drilling to reach trapped Chilean miners begins

Drilling has begun as part of an effort to reach the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks, authorities said.

The effort to drill through more than 2,300 feet (700 meters) of rock and safely extract the workers could take three to four months, officials said. The hole currently under way is the excavation hole, where the drill bit will be placed.


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  1. C Morrison

    Thank You for everything you're doing for them! Great Morale of theirs!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leslie Rose

    the company Center Rock from Rockwood PA, in Somerset county, same company that helped drill out 9 for 9 miners a few years back is going there to speed up process. I like to hear more about this on news because our son is with this crew.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Center Rock is located in Berlin, PA. The company was central to the rescue of the 9 Quecreek miners in Somerset County, PA back in 2002. The same rescue capsule that extracted the Pennsylvanian miners in 2002 is in Chile for this effort.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |