Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Down In A Hole

The on-going story of the thirty-three miners trapped in Chile is fascinating, especially as details now emerge on how they were able to come together and survive for two weeks before being found (WSJ-sub req). They're still trapped more than a mile beneath the earth, but at least they now have a lifeline to the surface. If you have just spent the last two weeks stuck underground in a tight space with thirty-three co-workers, what would be at the top of your wish list?

The miners also conveyed urgent requests for toothpaste, fruit and beer, according to Congressman Giovanni Calderón.

Sounds like they have their priorities in proper order. The story is far from over as it is being estimated that it will take three to four months before an escape shaft can be safely drilled to reach the miners. Their ability to hang on until then will be a test of human endurance both physically and psychologically. Here's hoping they get all the support (and beer) they need to survive this incredible ordeal.