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October 11th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Cheering "Viva Chile," workers early Monday completed the installation of steel tubing to reinforce the path that will be used to bring 33 trapped miners to the surface.

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caption="Relatives of trapped miners celebrate news that rescue is near."]

About 96 meters of sheet metal was put in place to line the tunnel bored four-tenths of a mile into the Earth.

The work was the final step before the extraction of the miners can begin, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Sunday.

If all goes according to plan, the first of the miners could be pulled from the mine by Wednesday, he said. But the health and safety of the miners remained the top priority, he added.

The miners have been trapped since August 5 and the crisis has not only gripped Chileans in their native land, but it has been captivating people around the world.

We want to hear from you - are you a Chilean that has been following the developments of this crisis? What will it mean when they are finally freed? Have you donated money to help?

We'd love to hear from you and then air your comments and thoughts on the CNN.

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    October 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  2. lucky

    to survive one spirit is like to survive humanity-all human beings.
    how much happiness they entered the hearts of their relatives?
    surviving spirits means alot.

    October 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  3. JohnL

    One thing I'm worried about is the tunnel and how stable it is. How are the going to monitor the tunnel during the rescue ? With all the seismic activity and how unstable the area is, a micro earthquake could move a small portion of the tunnel by a half inch, say 300 meters down.

    And if the capsule is heading up when it meets this micro shift. I pray that my fears are unwarranted.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  4. Joseph Amato

    We have been praying for these trapped guys ever since we heard the news, The same we did when the Kursk sank with the submariners.
    With todays' expertise, knowhow and equipment at hand rescue operatrions can be dealt with thus saving the lives of men who give everything to risk their lives for a living.
    I admire the guys who are making every effort possible to reach their goal in rescuing the miners.
    God Bless you all , we are following every minute until they are with their families and loved ones.
    Regards from Malta.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  5. Robert Simons

    What´s being done for the miners I think is great. However Chileans have a habit of making a big show out of it. These poor sods normally wouldn´t get any attention at all were it not for the international coverage. The earthquake from 1/2 a year ago and the "supposedly" solutions and help.... is old news and no one hears anymore from the sorrow the victims had and have to go through. Neither the volcano eruptions in Chaiten that isn´t interesting news anymore either... Tugged away under the rug cause politically and financially it wasn´t convenient for the former and present government to really deal with the issues at hand. Pretty sad to see how these poor miners are getting exploited by shallow TV shows and ongoing no brainer local “news” stations where either football or the mining problem (for now) are the only issues at hand that get some more ratings. These poor guys were never in the news when they had to work for bare minimum wage risking their lives..... But now... Oh boy there is money to be made of these guys. Pretty sad it has to come this far to deal with a ongoing serious issue at hand that will most likely have a follow up as long as there is an organization and government that basically doesn´t do anything other than barking up a tree when s..t hits the fan.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  6. Frank Cariogliu

    Robert, totally agree with you. Am a geologist and obviously deeply involved with "earthly matters". I´ve followed up close the Chaiten dissaster as well as the latest earth quake Chile experienced and (knowing Chile a bit myself) I agree with you that neither the former or present government went the extra mile to resolve their issues.... Agree that the whole thing smells rather to politics and money making by, as you put it local "no brainer" tv programs than rather seriously dealing with an issue such as this one to make sure this doesn´t happen again. I bet you within a couple of weeks this is all forgotten about and these poor miners after traveling arround the country doing their little interviews to fill up the programs on the local tv stations will be kicked back right into their mines since that is the only thing they can do.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  7. KC Tan

    I have been following the miners rescue updates since August 5th. Glad to hear that the capsule is ready to rescue those miners starting Wednesday. I am so touched about the rescue is coming to a reality this week. Cheers for all the miners' families who are 622 meter above the trapped miners.
    I sincerely wish a smooth process on the rescue on Wednesday.
    Just could not wait to see the first miner to walk out from the capsule.
    Best regards.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  8. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN Friends,

    Thank God that the Miners are getting Freed!
    Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique,
    the current President of Chile,
    Must Immediately Improve the Health, Safety and Well-being of ALL Chileans (included the Miners)!

    Let us Now CONNECT
    to make our world a Better Place!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 12, 2010 at 12:28 am | Reply
  9. Richard Cochran

    I hope they all get out of the mine safely.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  10. Yanid

    I'm looking at recaste of miners from PUERTO RICO, very emotional, very anxious and beseeching God that everything goes well, may they be rescued alive and that people are risking going down to look, God bless them, are the best example of loving one's neighbor, risking his own life to save others. CNN the best, look to the rescue of the last look, thank you CNN, for always keeping us informed at the last second.

    Yanid, from Ponce, Puerto Rico

    October 13, 2010 at 3:29 am | Reply
  11. jeph ogbonna

    God is indeed great He has shown that any thing is possible,even the belly of the earth will give up his people at His time.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  12. hlanas

    Much to learn from the miners’ rescue.....having a clear common goal, and real willingness to achieve it, makes international cooperation happen...... 2015 is the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals for the eradication of poverty….thousands of spread initiatives that are not showing that the world is on track for 2015. Thousands of human beings live in a dark mine of poverty and lack of opportunities......there is no apparent rush to rescue them. The Chilean mine story, very inspiring, but so much more to do.

    October 14, 2010 at 7:26 am | Reply
  13. Rahma

    I was really happy when i saw them heading for the surface one by one and my tears rolled down to watch them meeting their families again .. they have a strong belief in God so they were rescued . it was really amazing to see the jubilation of them and their relatives .. Thanks God

    October 14, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply
  14. lucky

    It is nice to make the site in which the miners trapped with the tunnel digged for rescuing them a memorial site to be visited by tourists. It is also nice to put the capsule by which the miners are rescued in a museum. in fact miners taught scientist a new fact that is: capsules cannot fly only onto space but can also come down underground! scientist also taught miners a new fact that not just human beings can dig ground to seek minerals but earth can also hide a very precious natural resource -human beings- and make human beings themselves seek human beings and rescue them instead of minerals.
    rescuing lives and souls of 33 human beings is a very happy event and a very nice news item and extremely fascinating documentary story.

    October 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  15. scesreavy

    Yes, correctly.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply

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