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Friday August 27, 2010

First Video Released from Trapped Miners   VIDEO

The first video has been released of the 33 men trapped in the Chilean copper mine. Five minutes of the 45-minute video was released by the Chilean government with the men appear healthy, arm in arm, and singing the national anthem.

The video was made with a small camera sent down with supplies. The men are stripped to the waist as they endure temperatures between 85-100F. The grainy videos show the men, some sitting, others standing and even a little tour of their refuge. The camera displayed a table with dominos laid out and the guide says “this is where we entertain ourselves, where we play cards.”

“We meet here everyday,” he adds. “We plan, we have assemblies here everyday so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33.”
San Esteban, the mining company announced that it has neither the equipment to rescue the men nor the money to pay them and will likely go bankrupt.

Sernageomin data shows that since 2000, 34 people have died every year on average in mining accidents in Chile, with a high of 43 in 2008.

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