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Monday, October 11, 2010

Chilean Miners Set to Be Freed Tomorrow

Posted by on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 7:51 AM

The first of thirty-three Chilean miners trapped half a mile underground in a gold and copper mine for the last 68 days could be free tomorrow, barring technical complications. Safety runs of the rescue capsule that will bring the men individually up through a roughly 2,000-foot tunnel are planned for today.

This is great news—it's amazing that they've survived this long. Especially when you read the details of what they've been through the last few months—their ordeal sounds less like reality and more like hallucinations of the doomed. For instance, they've been sending letters a half-mile up to the surface to their wives. They've had lawyers dropping documents down the shaft to ensure they equally profit from media and endorsement deals for beer, mining equipment, and sex-aid vitamins.

They've also shunned each other and taken vows of silence never to speak of their first few weeks underground. Via the Telegraph:

It has emerged that in the early days of being trapped five of the men had formed a breakaway group after becoming isolated from the rest because of their status as “subcontracted workers”.

“It seems they were treated as second class citizens within the refuge,” a source within the rescue team told Chilean national newspaper El Mercurio. “Actually they were marginalised and had set up camp in another part of the mine, away from the rest of the group.”

Psychologists on the surface had to come up with a strategy to overcome the divisions within the group.

“It was important to have them all working together as a team,” said Alberto Iturra, the chief psychologist at the mine, confirming that there had been a split. “I don’t exactly know what occurred between them but the most important thing is the problem was resolved. The system we used worked and since then they have been operating well as a team.”

It is understood that the men have vowed never to talk about exactly what went on during the 17 initial days after the mine collapsed and before a borehole reached their refuge and rescuers found them alive.

 

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1
My guess is Single Ladies parody video.
Posted by DJSauvage on October 11, 2010 at 8:26 AM · Report this
2
i wonder if those guys had to perform sex acts on each other down there.
Posted by apres_moi on October 11, 2010 at 8:26 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 3
I'm sure that's one of the things they won't be talking about.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on October 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM · Report this
4
Oh, someone will talk.
Oprah will offer millions.
Posted by tacomagirl on October 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM · Report this
5
HEY ALL YOU NAIVE WHITE LIBTARDS AT SLOG!

Well, it has been 3 whole days now, and the vicious anti-gay torture attacks on NYC have been completely ignored by the naive white libtards here at Slog. A gang of latrinos committing one of the worst anti-gay torture attacks in years just doesn't fit Slog's hate-whitey, stick-it-to-the-man, down-with-Western Civilization narrative.
Posted by Reality destroys white liberal naïveté on October 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Beetlecat 6
er... troll.
Posted by Beetlecat on October 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Beetlecat 7
er... troll.
Posted by Beetlecat on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM · Report this
switzerblog 8
@5: ...the fuck?! Take your meds, dude!
Posted by switzerblog on October 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM · Report this
TheRain 9
The terrible secret is that they had arroz con Paolo for the first few days.
Posted by TheRain on October 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM · Report this
eclexia 10
Seventeen days? My guess is that they had to eat somebody. From the sound of it, a contractor.
Posted by eclexia on October 11, 2010 at 11:33 PM · Report this
11
I actually agree with 2, that fact is that it happens and maybe coupled with the fact that they didn't think they were going to survive they found comfort where they could
Posted by lala.land on October 12, 2010 at 10:16 PM · Report this

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