Buried Alive

Plan B for Trapped Chilean Miners

Engineers at the Chilean mining company GeoTech are bringing in a special drill usually used for boring water holes to drill an escape tunnel to the 33 trapped miners. Ideally, the new plan would take approximately two months, half the time people say the current solution will take. The miners have been trapped since the mine collapsed on August 5. In the meantime, doctors are advising the miners on how to keep their 50-square-meter living space clean, such as using a shaft connected to the main chamber as a latrine, and NASA is sending a team to Chile to consult on nutritional and psychological problems the miners will likely face. A recent video showed the miners faring better than previously thought. "Oh, you're sleeping on a box-spring bed," joked one of the miners to another who was lying on a pile of rocks.