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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What's a Chilean Mine Worker To Do?

Okay, I have finally returned from two months in Mexico, am sorting through a mountain of e-mail, and I come across a headline in the news that talks about the plight of the trapped Chilean mine workers.

As you may be aware, a group of 33 mine workers were trapped about 1000 feet underground in San Jose, Chile a little more than two weeks ago.

After fearing the worst, authorities were amazed when they actually were able to make contact with the workers and learn that, while pretty wiped out, the boys were indeed alive.

But with that good news comes some bad news.

It seems as if the mine company in Chile must have contracted with BP Petroleum for the rescue because the bad news is that it will take 4 months to drill a hole through which the miners can be rescued!

I am guessing that after 4 months underground the tooth brushes that the guys asked for will be the least of their worries.

Maybe the Chilean government could ask Johnson & Johnson to sponsor the rescue effort and send down a case of Shower to Shower so the boys can sing out “A Sprinkle a Day Helps Keep Odor Away!”

Since presumably the miners are all guys, I'd recommend the sport version...

Comments on "What's a Chilean Mine Worker To Do?"


Blogger Beth said ... (7:58 PM) : 

Am I the only one who thinks about the lack of toilets, Shower to Shower ain't gonna help with that odor!

I do hope they can keep their spirits up, and that the estimate was made long just in case it takes that much time, but that they're able to accomplish it much sooner that expected.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (8:42 AM) : 

Beth, I've asked myself those same questions.

I've also heard that the rescue shaft will be pretty slim.

All in all, it does not look like it is going to be an enjoyable few months.

At least it is not summer...


Blogger Doug said ... (9:33 AM) : 

Apparently there is a method to their madness.

The escape tunnel will be about 26 inches wide and some of them have already lost up to 20 lbs.

Perhaps we need to send them some crisco instead...

Seriously though, I hope they get them out safely and soon.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (10:20 AM) : 

At least with Crisco, it will all come back except for one tablespoon...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 AM) : 

Mine workers are ok.....they have the essentials items to survive.....because thats the main mission...water and food are the main worry of autorities....mine workers are very strong man....some of the cool items that they just got are: mp3, portable dvd, tecnical clothing, end the most important contact with their families....odors are secondary issues right now....something ironic about this rescue...is that they are using socks made out of cooper, to prevent skin infections....same mineral that they were diging out.

Eduardo from chile


Blogger Diana said ... (6:27 PM) : 

I'm in chile right now, and it's very interesting to see what's happening to these men and their families. Until recently, the mining company wasn't even going to pay them for the time they were unable to work because they're trapped in a mine! But yes, they're all men because it's bad luck to have women in the mine...


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (2:33 PM) : 

Diana, how much more bad luck could there be, I mean of course barring death...


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