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Chile's miners a step closer to safety

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Chile's miners a step closer to safety


There have been celebrations in Chile as the huge operation to rescue 33 trapped miners reaches a new stage.

The country’s mining minister says he expects the first men to be brought to the surface on Wednesday after the drilling of an escape shaft was completed.

News of the breakthrough prompted an outburst of cheers and tears.

Laurence Golborne gave details of the latest developments and the new rescue timetable a few hours later.

He added that the mood among the miners was very good. He said he and the operation engineer and the health minister had all spoken to the men and they were well.

The men have already broken the world record for the length of time workers have survived underground after a mining accident.

And experts say they are in remarkably good health given the conditions they have been living in since the cave-in on August 5.

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