September 17th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

'Bore hole' reaches trapped miners in Chile

A bore hole reached 33 trapped Chilean miners Friday, officials said, but it must be widened before miners can squeeze through - a process that should take a few weeks.

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  1. yogi

    yes.....I am so happy the miners will finally be freed

    September 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justme33

      Thanks to everyone who is making the rescue possible for families of those trapped.There is light....

      September 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • OREGONLIB

      YES indeed it is GOOD DAY – WHAT A TESTAMENT TO HUMAN SPIRIT – THAT IS WHAT UNITES US..THIS IS TRULY GOOD NEWS!

      September 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Let do 69

    that is goood news...

    September 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    I am so impressed that the Chilean government has spared no effot/expense to rescue these workers! As a former hardrock miner I can appreciate their position. I'm also impressed by the apparent lack of finger-pointing, at least, until the men are topside once more.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If they would have had a secondary shaft, as required the miners never would have been trapped in the first place. They had better not spare any expense. Their lack of safety precautions during normal mining operations is criminal.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adder

      A secondsary shaft does squat if it's blocked off by a cave in. The entire thing collapsed around them, cave in's don't do the convenient thing and only shut off one route of escape.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lacey

      They DID have a secondary shaft. the latter was missing and then it also collapsed.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellylee20202

      Funny how people are NOT impressed when these type of situations were PREVENTED FROM HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The mine reopened in 2008 after a yearlong closure without the proper safety measures being put in place, including measures to shore up the rock face, Valdes said. The pro bono case could take two years to resolve, he said, adding that he has asked the judge in the case to freeze the company's assets during the litigation.

      Government officials told CNN that the mine had no secondary escape route and there was no ladder in the ventilation shaft that the miners might have used to reach safety.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • uiopjkl

      Dave, I'm glad you're not in charge of the rescue operation because otherwise they'd still be arguing about whose fault it is...

      September 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    This is great news. How wonderful it will be to meet up with family,friends an to take that first hot shower.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Oh yeah....especially the shower. Can you imagine how bad it stinks down there?
      Those poor guys...

      September 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tawana

    Praise God!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Sure praise God, while if he existed and/or wanted to help he easily could.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'll praise God when He miracles them up out of that hole. Just suddenly transports them from in the hole to outside the hole, safe and sound and weeks ahead of schedule. Imagine how many people would be converted overnight. Shoot, I'd probably be one of them.

      But, I forget, the early Roman Catholic Church wrote into the New Testament a "Scriptural" explanation for why a supposedly omnipotent God never bothers showing us any miracles that would prove his existence.

      Personally, I praise Engineering. It gets a lot more results, and doesn't ask for prayers.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Amen, John. Finally a logical and intelligent human on these insane comment forums. I was beginning to think they didn't exist.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellylee20202

      Praise God indeed! Now let all those who worked tirelessly go home and praise their God and have the miner's God make them thin and squeeze through the tiny hole.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      John, I feel sure that even if God suddenly transported them out of the mine you would find some other way to spread your negativity. God never promised us no problems or pain only that if we believed he would help us in our journey and give us eternal hapiness with him. God did promise us free will. And you obviously used yours to not believe. Good Luck to you – I have a feeling you'll need it.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      In the extremely unlikely event that you're right and I'm wrong, I will gladly spend eternity in hell over spending eternity with you and the sadistic lunatic child you worship. What kind of madman creates an entire world, with all the pain and death and suffering we have, just because he wants his creations to decide to praise and worship him? That's the actions of a deranged mind, and those that would worship such a being are themselves deranged.

      I used to be a Christian. Then I grew up.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spaghetti Monster

      Praise John! To all those that think Jesus rode in on a dinosaur 5000 years ago, go pound sand. This is all about engineering and less/zero about religion.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'God did promise us free will'
      but doesnt god already know everything that will ever happen? If so doesnt that just make freewill an illusion?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Seriously people....if someone feels the need to praise God publicly, then why do you feel the need to ridicule or try to persuade them that there is no God. They aren't trying to convert you or anything. Your retalitory posts are every bit as annoying as the religious people that come to your door and try to get you to "accept" God. And you people are every bit as oblivious to that fact as they are. Just leave it be and move on to the next post if you don't believe in God.
      No one really cares if you have religion or not. Seriously....we don't!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherrypieguy

      I used to be religious untill I read my first book on the solar system and evolution. Grow up christians.........you are in charge of your own destiny. Quite giving God credit for mans inspiring works.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      I myself am not a religious man, but then again I have never been trapped down a mineshaft. If it is the notion that some supernatural or omnipotent being exists and is watching over them that gets them through this tragedy, I say more power to them. I cannot make it through a ninety second commercial break without frantically looking for the remote for my DVR, so there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would have gone insane by now anyway and would believe in anything that made the world make sense.

      September 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomLovesGod

      Praise God Indeed!

      September 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug hodges

      I'm with you Tawana.....praise away!!

      September 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellen

      I agree...Praise God!

      September 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendon

      "Quite giving God" Is that a subliminal message??? Get over yourself!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Praise god? Are you demented? This happened because Chile has always ignored the well being of people from the north even though they contribute 40% of the total Chilean "income." Leave your god out of this, it is stupid and insulting. It gives the rest of the Chileans the excuse to continue exploiting people from the north now that god has been introduced in the conversation as Jesus Christ the savior. This would have not happened if the Chilean government had informed minimal safety rules in their mining environment

      September 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Praise god? Are you demented? This happened because Chile has always ignored the well being of people from the north even though they contribute 40% of the total Chilean "income." Leave your god out of this, it is stupid and insulting. It gives the rest of the Chileans the excuse to continue exploiting people from the north now that god has been introduced in the conversation as Jesus Christ the savior. This would have not happened if the Chilean government had inforced minimal safety standards in their mining environment!

      September 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LMS

    Thank you God! May this widening happen very soon and safely. These miners need to be with their loved ones and start their new lives already 🙂

    September 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yes, thank you God for trapping the miners in here and not getting them out sooner...

      September 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SS

      Here's a thought, how about thanking the people who've done all the work to get them out. I highly doubt they would have lived otherwise. If your god did exist, he could have just given a wink and a node and zapped them out of there, or even better, stopped it from occuring to begin with.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Personally, I praise Engineering. It gets a lot more results, and doesn't ask for prayers.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Amen to John!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Whoa, don't go praying to me now. Although I did develop a religious system a while back on a lark...

      September 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Keep your god at home. This has nothing to do with any of the gods!!!!!

      September 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leigh

    So good to hear. Hope they will be freed soon.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Shadean

    I'm glad to finally read they may be free soon.

    I bet their families are overjoyed.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gene

    Maybe we should hire super models to be miners. We could have pulled those skinny gals up weeks ago.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Very funny 🙂

      September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMaestro

      It's not too late to send them heroin through the existing holes. In a few weeks they could be pulled up two or three at a time.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jramirez

    sucks to be them! Atleast they got tv!! Cuz if they didnt im sure they would just go crazy and murder each other.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOLDENG

      REALLY? WS THAT CALLED FOR?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Actually Holden, psychosis would be an entirely natural and even expected response in that situation.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gnashes

    I really want to see them get out of there safe and sound, but REALLY CNN?

    Did I miss something or have there already been THREE bore holes down there for the last month?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles

      this hole is the one that they will be lifted out of. that is what is special about it.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. minerva

    thank god. like they say, where there's a will, there's a way. god bless them.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You are right in that where there is a will there is a way, but thanking God doesn't make sense. God could have never gotten them in this situation in the first place. That is like thanking someone who puts you in a painful position and then slowly help you out of that position... why would you thank them?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      This is not time to proselytize. Leave your god at home!!! I am from there and they do not need your god or anybody else's god. They need to work in a safe environment so it does not happen again. Besides if you are thanking your god because they are being rescued, what are you doing to your god that puts them there to start!!!

      September 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. God?

    Why are we thanking god? Its the engineers and workers toiling around the clock that drilled that hole. And it was man's thirst for energy that got them trapped there in the first place.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get real.

      Ever thought that maybe these people believe man and God are one in the same. You are a negative soul.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Why thank hard-working heroes when you can thank a non-existent sky fairy? The idiocy that get's someone stuck a quarter mile underground is the same idiocy that lets them think they know God: Hubris and narcissism.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerard

      Lol, wow dude or dudette, speak your mind why don't you. You are not by chance atheist are you?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      i don't see what's wrong with actually thanking the people doing the rescuing for crying out loud. you don't gotta be athiest to do that. and to be honest, "thank god" is typically a saying. i doubt people are actually THANKING god for saving these people. did they thank him for trapping them there? oh wait... "satan" did that, right?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maybe

      Maybe they're thanking god for trapping the miners in the first place. After all, you can't have "miracles" without diasters.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ER

      Thirst for energy?..... It is a copper mine you idiot.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Yes, thank GOD!!

      September 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Lord forgive them. Look, nobody is telling you to pray to god, or be thankful to god. Perhaps you should let people be, does it cause any harm to believe in a greater good? If you don't believe then so be it. Does it make you feel right to degrade your fellow man because of what they believe? I'm sure you aren't for that.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Don't upset the pea brains, they know not what they say. Search IQ and religiosity, tons of reseach showing the correlation. The more religious people are the lower their IQ. Can't argue with FACTS.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Damien, there is actually harm in it. Because you morons have no respect for the planet or other people. Why? Because you get to go to a fairy land where bricks are made of gold, thus you all don't truly care what happens here.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Its not trying to degrade your fellow man, it is trying to enlighten them so to speak. We teach our young so that they can go out and be productive citizens in the world... when we find out that something we have been teaching is wrong, we try and change it (the Earth is not the center of the universe, the Earth is not flat, etc.)... so why not try to educate the misinformed. This will be one of the big struggles in our day because of the Internet. Not only can it spread accurate new quickly, it can spread mis-information just as quickly.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'does it cause any harm to believe in a greater good? '
      Oh certainly, if people are not prepared to keep it to themselves but try to push it on others.
      Heck the reason so many evangalists support Israel is because they see the 'restoration' of Israel as one of the signs of the second coming.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miner

      God??? I agree. I think its 8lb 9oz baby Jesus that is going to save them. Hes alot stronger than he looks and hes a bad mo fo on a drill rig.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cg3001

      FOR ALL THOSE WHO THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC means god = man is VERY wrong...the general public honestly believes GOD is this super powered fairy being with great huge hands who lives in the sky..and grants silly miracles that can never be proven for his own magical agenda thats somehow hates democrates and gays for some reason.. lol or so it seems...please do not be so naive to think most people are smart enough to think or mean God is only mankind, when they say GOD bless those miners, God will help those miners, there deluded minds are honestly thinking a magical supreme being is doing ALL the work, and WILLING the engineers to dig harder by his power alone. Trust me, I live in the South, ignorance is amazing...If what you said is true, we would have In MAN we trust printed in our bills, but we don't for a reason...this is REAL and people REALLY think this way...in the 20th century. Amazing but true....

      September 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Do people feel that when someone says "thank god" for whatever reason, that they are being pressured into believing there is a god? If so, if you are so sure you are correct, why?

      September 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendon

      MAYBE Just what are "diasters" ??? You not only don't believe in God, your English is deplorable!! Get over yourself!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendon

      Robert Who did your research for you, ACORN???

      September 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • meme

      Religion is like a cult...

      September 18, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      To all the god thankers: Keep it to yourself, it is insulting that you are rubbing my face with your stupid god at this moment. Let's hope that engineering, hard work and a touch of luck will bring them out. i am from the area, my dad is a retired miner and your god should stay in your home or church!!!!

      September 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Go4it

    Fantastic. Now widen it as fast as you can! Thanks to CNN for following this story. Mostly after the initial blast that sells ads and newspapers our media just moves on.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      what? the media usually moves on because the peeps died. they always watch report on it until the people are rescued or dead. don't think i've ever seen an article that was just "the mine blew up" without any sort of follow up or over dramatisation.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. starla

    Finally some positive,wonderful news 🙂 im so happy for them.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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