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'Living nightmare' endured by Chilean miners

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'Living nightmare' endured by Chilean miners

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Stories of the rescued Chilean miners’ struggle to survive are beginning to emerge as most of the 33 men arrive home to rapturous receptions.

Two remain in hospital undergoing routine checks after their 69-day ordeal during which they had to drink oil-contaminated water and even detonated explosives in a desperate bid to alert rescuers.

Victor Sergovia – described as the writer of the group – said they’d experienced a living nightmare.

The miners have made a pact not to talk about the hardest situations they faced during their confinement amid reports of fist fights and fall-outs over food.

The men burned tyres in the first days of the rockfall hoping the smoke would reach the surface.
When that failed they set off a series of explosions in the hope that someone above ground would realise they were still alive.