Emergency teams trying to rescue 33 miners in Chile have reportedly reached a workshop not far from where the men are trapped.
The maintenance room, some 630 metres underground, was located in one of two relief wells being dug.
From there, officials say the T130 probe has reached the cavern where the miners have been trapped 700 metres down since August 5.
It is hoped they will now be able to widen it, freeing the men.
Along with food supplies, films and other items have been dropped down a relief shaft to make the mens’ ordeal bearable.
Despite the rapid progress made in the last 24 hours rescuers still predict it will be early November before they are able to bring the miners back to the surface.