|Published:||Oct 09, 2010 8:46 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 09, 2010 5:46 PM EDT|
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - A drilling rig has punched through to the underground chamber where 33 miners have been trapped for 66 agonizing days under the Chilean desert.
Rescue teams will use an escape capsule to pull the miners out one-by-one. But first they must decide whether it's more risky to pull the miners through unreinforced rock, or to insert tons of heavy steel pipe to protect the miners.
At "Camp Hope" outside the mine, relatives have been cheering the news. A man whose brother is stuck in the mine says he feels "an enormous happiness" now.
But efforts to bring the men to the surface won't happen before Tuesday, and Chile's mining minister cautions that "we still haven't rescued anybody."