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Broken gear holds up Chile mine rescue


Big News Network.com     Monday 13th September, 2010

There is frustration at the site of a mine collapse in Chile over a drill bit that has broken.  Rescuers at the mine have become increasingly frustrated that they have been unable to extract a broken drill bit from rock where they are tunnelling to find 3

There is frustration at the site of a mine collapse in Chile over a drill bit that has broken.

Rescuers at the mine have become increasingly frustrated that they have been unable to extract a broken drill bit from rock where they are tunnelling to find 33 miners who have been trapped underground since August 5th.

The drill bit broke off inside the hole last week and may be impossible to pull out, according to officials at the site.

While the drill bit is stopped at 268 metres, it needs to go as far as 630 metres.

The trapped miners were found alive on August 22, 17 days after a mine cave-in in the remote Atacama desert.

They have since been receiving supplies, including food, water and cigarettes, through a metal shaft to the surface.

Another rescue shaft, referred to as “Plan A,” is advancing according to plan.

By the weekend the “Plan A” drill bit had reached a depth of 231 metres.

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