I Just Can Not Imagine The Horror

I mean, seriously. You’re a miner. There’s a cave-in. You and 32 of your co-workers survive. You communicate with folks topside, and they say “Great! we’re going to rescue you”…in four months

COPIAPO, Chile – For 33 men found alive after 17 days trapped deep in a copper and gold mine, the toughest challenge now may be preserving their sanity during the months it may take to carve a tunnel big enough for them to get out.

Chileans were euphoric Sunday after a narrow drill broke through 2,257 feet (688 meters) of solid rock to reach an emergency refuge where the miners had gathered. The trapped men quickly tied two notes to the end of a probe that rescuers pulled to the surface, announcing in big red letters: “All 33 of us are fine in the shelter.”

It really is amazing.

But then there’s this

But rescuers said it could take as long as four months — until around Christmas — to carve a second shaft some 27 inches (68 centimeters) in diameter, wide enough for the miners to be pulled up one by one.

Pulled up one-by-one through that tiny opening…pulled up over 2,200 feet.

Oh my god.

6 Responses to “I Just Can Not Imagine The Horror”

  1. Skyler says:

    As long as there is food and water, I could bear anything for four months as long as I knew that they were getting me out. It would probably be better to be alone than with 32 others though.

  2. ricki says:

    I don’t know. Four months underground is a long time. I really feel for those miners and for their families. I hope they all survive, and I hope that they can have some kind of a normal life once they get topside. I can’t help but think that that kind of experience would really change a person.

  3. kae says:

    at least they won’t have to climb out under their own steam – that’s a high chimney in caving/spelunking parlance

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’m thinking of the sanitary conditions.

    33 people will create a lot of…waste…over 4 months.

    I’m guessing curry won’t be included in the meals they send down that supply tube.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    Lord of the Flies underground. And the shaft won’t have to be very wide, I’m thinking. But absolutely amazing they all made it and they’re thinking they can get them out. Milagro, indeed.

  6. Skyler says:

    I hope they have some good books to read!

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