New, wider tubes have been brought in to reinforce the walls of the shaft leading down to the 33 miners who are stuck almost a kilometre underground in Chile.
For the relatives on the surface, it is a further sign of encouragement:
“It is great to see the trucks arriving with the big pipes. It brings us closer to getting them out. The operation really is in it’s final stages.” said one.
The rescue cage, known as the Phoenix, has been made by the Chilean navy and will winch the men up one-by-one.
The men have been trapped since a collapse on the 5th of August. Officials at first said they would be underground until Christmas, then said early November. At the camp, rumours are now circulating that they will be out sometime next month.