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Chile mine rescue back on after drill mishap

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Chile mine rescue back on after drill mishap


Efforts to free 33 Chilean miners are back on track after one of the drills being used to rescue them broke down.

Engineer Andre Sougarret, who is in charge of the rescue operation, said: “One of the hammer drills became detached from its base…These are the types of unforeseen things that can happen.”

The men have been stuck in sweltering conditions some 700 metres underground in Chile’s arid Atacama desert since August 5 when the mine they were working in caved in.

Their fight for survival has captivated the attention of the Chilean nation and drawn support from foreign presidents, Pope Benedict and sports stars.

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