Can you believe it’s been almost ten whole weeks since 33 Chilean gold and copper miners were trapped in a claustrophobic nightmare 2,000 feet below the earth?
Well, the torture of the past few weeks is finally coming to a blissful end, as starting tonight the rescue mission begins to free these troopers from their current residence in the deepest recesses of hell.
Over these past grueling months, the miners have had a limited access to the outside world, and, while not getting the comforts of home, have managed to pass the time watching Brad Pitt movies like Troy and Benjamin Button.
You’d think their link to the outside world would spring for All About Steve starring Sandra Bullock. (If you’re one of the four people who saw that film, there’s a “trapped in the mineshaft” scene that ends super happily!)
They even get laundry service, TV, three hot meals a day and even ice cream for dessert. That sounds like a vacation!
Minus the tan, of course.
FYI – the rescue capsule fits one miner at time. I wonder if they drew straws to see who goes first. Even upon rescue, though, they aren’t necessarily out of the woods.
The twisty, 2,000-foot ride to the surface — in a capsule only about 2 feet wide — could cause other health problems: drops or spikes in blood pressure, nausea, vomiting and even panic attacks, Zikos says. He says doctors could help prepare the men by giving them anti-nausea drugs (USA Today).
The rescue is mission is well underway and all is going smoothly.
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