Footage showing the first impressions of how the miners trapped 700 metres underground in Chile are coping with the ordeal has been released.
The images were recorded on a camera lowered through the 15 centimetre borehole which has become their lifeline.
In one of the most touching moments the 33 men applauded attempts to save them and sang the Chilean national anthem.
They are not without some home comforts such as a set of dominoes.
At the surface candles are being lit and prayers are being said for their safe rescue.
Their families were relieved just to see their faces and hear their voices.
“We are patient. If God gave us the patience and fortitude to be with them when we didn’t know they were still alive, then now there is even more reason to stay,” said the sister of one of the men.
Great care and effort is being put into the trapped mens’ physical and mental health.
A team of submarine commanders has been called in for advice on close-quarters living while NASA is also being asked for help.
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