Friday, May 12, 2006
The great escape - trapped miners finally freed
imagine being trapped for 2 weeks in a 1.2 meter tall cage...
Working around the clock in shifts, specialist miners bored through more than 13 metres of rock over the past week with a giant drilling machine to reach the men. Cutting the final sections of the tunnel was slow and difficult, as the men used hand tools to avoid causing a cave-in.
The men had to save each other before even contemplating the problem of getting themselves back to the surface from almost 1km underground.