(25 Aug 2010) SHOTLIST
1. Rescue worker writing message on capsule being sent down to miners
2. Wide of miners' relatives clapping, holding Chilean flag
3. Wide of truck carrying drill driving through applauding crowd
4. Relatives clapping
5. Wide of camp
6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Laurence Golborne, Chilean Mining Minister:
"It is a process which is moving forwards, where the doctors are establishing with each individual at this stage what their condition is from a physical and psychological point of view, in order to move forward to the next step. As has been said, they're stable and have received letters of support."
7. Crowd walking through camp
8. Soldiers standing with relatives
9. Various of woman reading letter by torchlight
Rescue workers and relatives at Chile's San Jose mine cheered the arrival on Tuesday of the last piece of an enormous machine with diamond-tipped drills that will try to rescue 33 miners who have been trapped deep underground for 19 days.
The machine, carried on a truck festooned with Chilean flags, is capable of carving a 26-inch (66-centimetre) -wide tunnel through solid rock and boring at about 65 feet (20 metres).
It was donated by the state-owned Codelco copper company.
Just setting it up will take at least three more days.
The miners have settled in for a long wait until a tunnel wide enough to pull them out can be carved through a half-mile of solid rock.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera vowed not to abandon the trapped miners in a telephone conversation Tuesday afternoon with Luis Urzua, the 54-year-old shift foreman who has been the miners' leader.
The miners were plunged into darkness by the August 5 collapse of the main shaft of a gold and silver mine that runs like a corkscrew for more than 4 miles (7 kilometres) under a barren mountain in northern Chile's Atacama Desert. They gained contact with the outside world Sunday when rescuers drilled a narrow bore-hole down to their living-room-sized shelter after seven failed attempts.
The miners said they conserved the use of their helmet lamps, their only source of light other than a handful of vehicles whose engines contaminate the air supply. They fired up a bulldozer to carve into a natural water deposit, but otherwise minimised using the vehicles.
The miners can still reach many chambers and access ramps in the lower reaches of the mine, and have used a separate area some distance from their reinforced emergency refuge as their bathroom. But they have mostly stayed in the refuge, where they knew rescuers would try to reach them.
The room has become stiflingly hot and stuffy. Leaving it allows them to breathe better air, but wandering too far is risky in the unstable mine, which has suffered several rock collapses since the initial accident.
Rescue efforts advanced considerably on Tuesday as a third bore-hole prepared to break through to the miners, and a huge machine arrived from central Chile for carving a tunnel just wide enough for the miners to be pulled out one-by-one.
Andres Sougarret, the rescue effort's leader, estimated it would take three to four months to get the men out.
Meanwhile, three 6-inch-wide (15-centimetre) shafts will serve as the miners' "umbilical cords" - one for supplies, another for communications and a third to guarantee their air supply.
A steady flow of emergency supplies was sent down Tuesday in a rocket-shaped metal tube called a "paloma," Spanish for dove. The paloma is 5� feet (1.6 metres) long and takes a full hour to descend through the bore-hole.
entrance, where cold nights end in a chilly fog. There's a bonfire to keep warm, and barbecue and other food donated by the local government in a common tent.
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