A new video of Chile’s trapped miners has been broadcast showing the 33 men sending greetings to their families.
They have also had their first direct talks with relatives, much to the relief of those waiting anxiously on the surface.
Although it was only a snatched 20 seconds or so, for most it was a welcome chance just to hear the voices of their men folk.
While the main rescue shaft will start being drilled today, engineers are looking at other options including sinking a second shaft and possibly widening a third.
So far it is estimated the men will not see the light of day for another three to four months.
Meanwhile everything is being thought of to keep the men’s spirits up including a message of prayer from Pope Benedict.
Supporting the families camped out at the mine is also a priority and children are being kept entertained to give their weary parents some much needed rest.