The men trapped deep underground in a mine in Chile could be rescued sooner than first expected as teams prepare to drill an escape shaft.
A special hydraulic bore is already on site, but now
authorities say a bigger engine to power it, is on its way from Germany.
It means the 33 miners could be out by October, rather than Christmas.
With evidence five of the men are showing signs of depression every effort is being made to break the group’s boredom.
NASA experts have been drafted in for tips on how to help the miners, who have been exchanging written notes with loved ones on the surface to cope with the confinement.
‘‘He sends his love to the children and has asked me to make sure that his daughter studies. He’s very concerned about his daughter. He wants to marry me and I have said yes,’‘ one of the miners partners said.
Despite the physical barrier, the ordeal has arguably pulled the men and their families closer together.
‘‘He writes that he loves me and cannot live without me. And then he writes I should take care of our baby-girl,’‘ one relative said.
Meanwhile, a group of relatives have filed a law suit against the mine owner’s. Re-opened in 2008, the families say poor safety conditions in the mine led to the cave-in.