Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Drill in the Dark

65 days ago the world heard about a mine collapse in Chile. 33 miners working in a copper/gold mine near Copiapó, Chile have now set the world record for length of time trapped in an underground mine...and surviving. That's right, folks, all 33 of them - as far as I am aware - are still alive and doing okay. (As far as one can be ok after being trapped for over 2 months in an underground pit.)

One could discuss this issue by railing against the mining company who did not reinforce the mine properly, but instead I'd like to just focus on these 33 beautiful people who have somehow remained sane during this time. Initial estimates put rescue at Christmas, meaning 4 months in a mine. So, relatively speaking, they're rather lucky.

After 33 straight days of drilling, the rescue drill has now reached the area of the collapsed mine where the workers are huddled. Now, estimates for rescue range between 3 and 10 days. Once the newly drilled hole is properly reinforced - unlike the mine - a doctor and rescuer will be lowered to assess the miners and the rescue situation. And then, hopefully, 33 men will be brought back to their families.

Now, obviously, their ordeal isn't over. Luckily, early on, a small hole was drilled down to them so that small bits of protein packs and other essentials could be lowered down to them. These men haven't really eaten nutritious, solid food in months. Also, to keep them from going crazy, small things like playing cards were sent down to keep their minds occupied.

This is a triumph of the human spirit. This is a good thing. 33 men trapped in a dark collapsed mine have survived and remained sane and - according to reports - in good spirits. This is a modern day miracle. Use this story as an impetus to continue to value life, your family and loved ones. You never know when a mine will collapse around you and the only thing keeping you sane is the promise of a small hole, a small beam of light, meaning you can finally be saved.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

1 comment:

  1. This story gives me hope (I am so happy they have survived and I am still praying they are rescued)and makes me angry. I don't like coal mines in general they give me the heebeegeebees. I've been following this story and keeping the families and community in my mind and heart.

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