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. Charlie

    Finally! Good news does exist in the world!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reality

    GOD THIS God that, get over it it was there job.

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

    They might hav to wear sun glasses when come to the surface.. Anyway a great news... hope is there still!!! i can wonder how it gonna feel like to be wt families..

    September 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chilean Girl

    I am happy to hear these great news... yeah!! If you do not know, there are three plans to rescue the miners. Plans A and C are in their way, this hole was made for the digger of Plan B. I understand your comments, but please ...this situation hurt us as Chileans, do not joke with our miners. In all the places around the world are some neglect clerks, that are not doing their job right, it is not the whole country and the government. who left this miners in this situation. Happy Independence Chileans!!! Viva Chile!!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nhsays

    I think they deserve a meal fit for a king when they come out! I'm buying...

    September 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kmar

    I remember them saying that the hold was going to be 27 inches. is that what it is now, or is that what they are widening it to? I don't know how big your waist is .. but 27 inches wouldn't cut it for me.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      You skipped math class, didn't you?

      September 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Geoffreyf

    I wish CNN would take a HS math course ... so let's see it is Pi times the Radius Squared ... so if you drill a hole that is 1 foot in diameter ... how much MORE rock do you need to remove to have a hole 28" in diameter .... Hmmm, that works out to Late November. Nothing has changed and the Miners are not "almost out". CNN was similarly challenged in their High school math and science skills during their coverage of the Oil spill.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Swah

    Praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster in all his pastalicious greatness!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. si vos!

    Si pues!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mizh

    I'm so happy there is progress.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jjbeyer

    This news has made my day. Kudos to the Chiliean Goverment ,trapped miners and their familly who are all working together. Peace and hope be with you all the way

    September 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Allen Wollscheidt

    Forget all the religious blather and concentrate on the fact that this is yet ANOTHER consequence of Corporate indifference, carelessness, ignorance and the pursuit of profit-at-any-price ! !

    It is to the credit of the Chilean government that no expense has apparently been spared to save these men - but the accident should NOT have been allowed to happen in the first place.

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

      Mining has always been a dangerous job. Business as usual is to make as much money as possible, which means cutting corners. Governments go along with this without the slightest foresight. There isn't a whole lot of room for change as we are reaching the limits of our planet.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ian - UG

    Some light at the end of the upward tunnel. I do not care what people say, what is important is for these guys to be out of that dark hole!!

    September 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kmar

    this religous thing is getting old .. so is the mockery. how about actually discussing the news?

    September 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Keep reading...they've digressed to smells and bathroom facilities. I rather go back to religion!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. immature

    Querry: where have these guys been pooping? Just sayin'...

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

      ever heard of a hot lunch?

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