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. FitPatricia

    So happy! They are getting closer to bringing all 33 home alive & well! Not a day goes by that I don't think about these men! Almost like family! I had to stop watching the news just to get a good nights rest, even then, I dreamed of them! We want them home!!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. markus

    I think I'd rather work at a 7-11.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GinGuy

    Was this bore hole part of Plan A, B or C?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Plan B as I understand is the American plan. Today I am proud to an American and the son of an copper miner.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony in St. Louis

    WOW! That's a lot sooner than predicted! Let's get em'! Great job and God Bless the workers!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. queenie elliott

    May god continue to have mercy and increare their faith

    September 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      God? There is no "God." Man created him centuries ago to explain the unexplainable, and most of the reason for his creation has been explained (there are still a few things out there that science cannot yet explain). Thus Man created god centuries ago, and destoyed the need for him decades ago. take your "God" and leave these poor miners alone. If they are believers then let them believe without your interference.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You pray to God, I'll pray to the engineers. Instead of waking up one morning with a vision from an angel telling them how to drill and rescue trapped miners, they went to school for years and have years more of experience. Plus, if you ask them a question, you'll get an answer.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie

    "So close! Yet, so far." With some luck and hard work, all will be fine soon. Let's hope for the best. They've all earned it.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ralph

    While I, too, am grateful that the miners may soon be rescued, there is no point in thanking God, Zeus, or any other imaginary deities.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve The Goat

      But we should be thanking the FSM! may the be touched by his noodly appendage!

      September 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j

    Yeah. Thank God.. Because he's the one that did it to them. Why not thank the actual REAL people who are working tirelessly to save them, instead of your invisible sky fairy?

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

      Great minds think a like.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey, Robert: Great minds don't spell the word "alike" by separating the syllables "a like." Yep, yours is a 'great mind' alright . . .

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

      Ever think that perhaps God provided the engineers to drill the releif hole? Do you think it is possible God is sending a message about how we take care of the rest of creation? Do you think it possible that these people are still alive and that the countless things that could have gone worse didn't because God wants to teach, not kill? The word "Good" comes from the word God. Does God always to good? If God wanted to force a good world, God would have done so. Perhaps God is about the perfection that comes from imperfections. Perhaps God understands with out tragedy, there is no joy that follows. Without sin, there is no grace.

      That being said, Thank God these people are getting their exodus soon, Thank God for engineers, Worldwide awarenss and hope, thank you engineers, Miners, Oil rig operators, Doctors and world Leaders who are supporting the rescue. Thank you CNN for letting us know about this.

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

      The "invisible sky fairy" resides in the hearts of men. I pray that you find that someday. If you choose not to, it is your choice, just as it is mine to thank god. What we need to realize is that our beliefs are our own, and judging others is not what progresses us as a race.

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

      Believing in incorrect things also does not progress us forward as a society (the earth is not flat, the earth is not the center of the universe). What about all of the abuse that has gone on in the church... must be gods way of teaching us all lessons. Get over it, god does not exist and god does not need to exist for people to be kind, supportive, and helpful.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warzone

      Hey, Mark; if u want to be a be a English Nazi, the proper punctuation for your sentence is a semi-colon :). Lay off all u crazy jack offs and let people express their opinions without making pointless childish remarks, not being able to have adult conversations is why this country is going to hell...

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

      @Mike from Merriam Webster on the origin of "good"
      Middle English, from Old English gōd; akin to Old High German guot good, Middle High German gatern to unite, Sanskrit gadhya what one clings to
      First Known Use: before 12th century

      September 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      I'm sorry Steve, but – as you say- just as I have no proof god does exist, you have no proof god doesn't exist. I'm inclined to disagree, and I feel everyone should seek their own path, good luck with yours.

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

      "Ever think that perhaps God provided the engineers to drill the releif hole?"

      No, I think that their parents and their schools and their own personal creativity and strength did that.

      "Do you think it is possible God is sending a message about how we take care of the rest of creation?"

      Then that's pretty rotten of him. Are all mining disasters part of God's plan, or just this one? Are any mining disasters the result of poor planning and a management more concerned with profit than safety?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      How ignorant can you be. If something does not exist then there is no proof so the absence of proof is the proof there there is no existence. For something to have been around so long (an imagination) show one bit of "proof" besides what someone wrote. You are basing your ideas on something someone jotted down a few hundred years ago. I think our way of thinking has evolved since then. Grow up.

      September 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    What's with all the "praise god" comments, last time I checked the Chilean govt and MAN are digging them out. Did god come down with a giant shovel and fix this last night?

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

      yeah, because NO ONE ever says "thank god" as a general saying. nope. not a one. no "oh thank god the car finally started" or "praise the lord i woke up in time for work" or anything like that. never ever.

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

      Yes, thank God. God created the government, and God created men. And God may have put this obstacle in their path, but He has also chosen to save them. God helps those who help themselves.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie

      If god exists, then why did this ever happen in the first place? And don't feed me that "He's making them stronger for the future" bs that has already been said. If god does exist, then why is the world full of problems instead of being a perfect utopian society? If there really is a god, he's a kid at an anthill with a magnifying glass.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      @caannie – If I recall my Sunday school lessons (as well as later sermons) correctly, God doesn't put any diffuculty in peoples path at all. The devil does. Oh wait, God DOES put problems in peoples path. Wait wait... No he doesn't....

      Why don't you take you faith and go sit in a pew for a while while contemplationg the contradicting messages inside you own church. Examples to contemplate: The New Testament (Let alone the whole Bible) contradicts itself more than 100 times. The messages of Peter, Paul and all the other disciples vary from each telling, so either it was contrived (a lie) or the trusted disciples themselves are lying. Why is it when a pastory reads a statement that is cut and dry, s/he always says "But that's not what it REALLY means" if it is something that would potentially offend people? If you trace the "symbology" of Revelations it has already happened (minus the Zombie christians) three times since the conception of the bible! So... Contemplate go contemplate your religion before try to force it on those that have actually studied (or been raised and disillusioned within) it.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Praise God

      No, God did not come down with a shovel. He gave us ability to build it and the drills to do it ourselves.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Rob,

      So did god give us Crack, Meth, Atomic wepons?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      The way I see it Robert, yes, all things came from god. Obviously this is my opinion, so before anyone tries to debunk me, know that an opinion cannot be disproved. God also gave us free will, with that we acquired knowledge. From knowledge comes tools which interact with our environment. Meth in itself is not inherently good or bad, it doesn't hurt someone passing by. It is when it's used in a manner that is destructive that we see problems. This can be explained easily by the saying "guns don't kill people, people do" the problem is not god, whether he exists or not, and how we prove or disprove that. The problem is men, and our sinful ways.

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

      Damien,
      Thank you for the information, I am without sin.

      September 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      What a joke. so all the people who have died from a mine collapsing was because all of them didn't help themselves. You need to seriously think before you say something like that.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Socrates

    May we, like the trapped Chilean miners, widen our minds and escape from the dark cave of our ignorance.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Homey

    What is the guy with a mistress and wife gonna do?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GinGuy

      I bet he's the last one up.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Roger

    Praise God for that experience. The hole they are in is a symbol of hell, except in hell there is no way out.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reality

    Im all pleased that these guys are getting out of the mine. Sure its wonderful thing, however while every one hear is all praying for them, and wishing them well, who on earth is looking out for the hundreds of thousands that die each and every day. YOU are all nuts. Help people you can, and stop arguing about the people whom already have the help they need.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hirouk

    the devel trapped them there, but god is great and he will get them out! just like he saved all those west virgina miners.
    palin/paul '12

    praise jesus!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      your a full blown idiot!

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

      wish i could be fully blown

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

      when we throw out kenyan, muslim, obama and return this country to its christian roots, god will smile on us again as a nation, and we will thrive. miners will no longer have anything to fear, and no more oil well blowout.
      palin/paul '12

      praise jesus!!!

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

      Hmmmm....Well, Steve old boy....when we both get to the end of our lives, let's see who gets the biggest surprise. 🙂 I've got to say PRAISE GOD with the others here!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      yay, hes the troll on here, yay you

      September 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'Hmmmm....Well, Steve old boy....when we both get to the end of our lives, let's see who gets the biggest surprise'
      The answer is neither of you will be surprised because you will both be DEAD.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lonnie

    May God continue to watch over each one.Reminds me of Jonah

    September 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      May the Flying Spaghetti Monster in all his pastalicious greatness watch over them... sounds just as crazy as my god watch over them... think about it!

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

      Yah Steve,
      except there isn't thousands of years of history, archeological evidence, and sound and logical teaching supporting your spaghetti monster theory. The majority of people on this planet, spanning across many many cultures and lands, continue through history to seek a higher power. But I guess if you don't want to, that's your choice. Believe in the spaghetti monster, it's humorous at least.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'except there isn't thousands of years of history, archeological evidence, and sound and logical teaching supporting your spaghetti monster theory'
      or in god, so something in common there. yay.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Its just as humorous as believing in an all powerful god that puts people in difficult situations just to test them. And there is no historical proof of a god... if so, everyone would believe it. Instead it is a tool used by the weak to feel better about the uncertain nature of the world. The worst part about it is that it makes people not take responsibility for their actions... because it was either God or the Devil doing it. How about all of those child abuse issues in the church... boy that makes me sing the praises of a god.

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

      There is physical evidence. Google archeological evidence of god, then compare it to whatever you choose as a reasonable test of truth. You are tested by man and nature, and likewise you test those as well. A fighter jet could be used as a good example, we test physics, our own creations, and our beliefs. Why do you find it so hard to believe that you cannot be tested by a superior force or being? There are uncertainties, and I'd say in light of things I am weak. The planet, solar system, galaxy, universe are very vast compared to me and my capabilities. I try to keep my mind open to all possibilities, perhaps you have a more logical belief?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'Google archeological evidence of god'
      sorry, sorry, i actually snort laughed at this one. So good.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Is that your response cedar? Can you not bring yourself to test my words before you claim them to be false? I understand there is a lot of misinformation on the net, which is why you should acquire as many sources as you can when doing your research. Where does your belief that there is not god come from? What are your beliefs?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Who have you been listening too or reading. This is no proof of any God evidence having been discovered, only evidence of different cultures having some idea of a higher power to help them explain the unknowning and scary parts of their lifes.

      As for God being so caring and nice, so people out there need to read your bible. The old testment is full of examples of Gods wrath and jealously when he didn't get what he wanted. All caring, get a grip. God will not come and save you, that is up for us to take care of each other.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      God is in the heart of all men, the bible is my guide, but it may not be everyone's. How does one go about disproving a belief? A belief that has survived for so long across so many cultures and lands even? At the very least, one cannot argue that god exists as an Idea. Too often I feel people misconstrue the message, look at religion. Have you read the bible Anne? I don't know your destination, but I wish you good fortune in your life.

      September 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendon

      Steve Thank You, Oh great one, for enlightening us poor mortals!! You must be one of the "Beautiful People" from Hollywood!!! A little advice for you from a poor mortal.......when a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package!!! PRAISE GOD !!!

      September 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      What is the physical evidence?

      September 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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