Media Frenzy, Family Dramas Await Miners

So, about that mistress...
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2010 1:58 AM CDT
Relatives of trapped miners embrace next to a Chilean flag.   (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(Newser) – What's more uncomfortable than spending months trapped in a mine? Being greeted at the surface by both your wife and your mistress. Such is the awkward predicament of Yonni Barrios, 50, one of the 33 miners trapped some 2300 feet below Chile's Atacama desert, finds the Telegraph. As he and the others prepare for this week's rescue operation, they are readying, too, for the frenzy of fame and family drama that awaits.

"Medically they are doing great," says a Chilean navy doctor on the scene. "The fighting within the families and the domestic squabbles has actually been our greatest headache." One miner has a first wife he never divorced, a live-in partner, a baby mama and a girlfriend, all battling for compensation. (Click here to read about the child born to one of the trapped miners.)

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