Mine Operation Continues With 7th Hole and Camera

Camera could reach shaft bottom by this afternoon
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 5:17 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by the Department of Labor, shown is a robot that will be lowered through a bore hole and into the Crandall Canyon Mine northwest of Huntington, Utah, in an effort to locate...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Reversing an earlier decision, recovery efforts will continue at the Utah mine where six miners were trapped three weeks ago. A seventh hole will be drilled into the mine, and a camera will be dropped into a previously bored hole to search for signs of life. Family members requested that the new hole be drilled to the kitchen area, where the men were supposed to congregate in an emergency.

"They could be right there waiting for us to get to them," said one relative of the kitchen area. "It could be the miracle we're waiting for." A son of one of the miner's called the decision to press on a "little flicker of hope."