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Ordeal far from over for Chile's trapped miners

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Ordeal far from over for Chile's trapped miners


Chile’s trapped miners who have survived more than two weeks deep underground have received their first nutrients and water.

Despite the euphoria of finding all 33 missing men alive after a cave-in, their ordeal is far from over.

It is expected to take up to four months to drill a separate shaft to bring them to the surface.

The men sent up letters to their families as the drill which located the men was raised and lowered throughout the day taking supplies essential for their survival.

And now the race is on to shore up the borehole which is their lifeline with the outside world and to begin bringing in the drilling equipment.

The men who are holed up in a small chamber more than a kilometre underground are still at risk. Both the stability of the rickety mine and their mental and physical health are fragile.

But their families refuse to give up hope even though they have already been trapped longer than all but a handful of known mining accident survivors.

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