"We've exhausted the options that we know about." That's how mine experts put it to an attorney for the trapped Utah miners' families yesterday, CNN reports. A camera lowered through a borehole into the collapsed mine at the Candall Canyon site yesterday failed to produce useful information when it got stuck in the mud as it searched debris on the mine floor.
The camera also got stuck as it was raised after the unsuccessful attempt, and had to be abandoned about 50 feet from the surface. A regional director for the Mine Safety and Health Administration told representatives of the families, "We've done all we can do."
It was very difficult for the families, the lawyer told CNN. "There were tears."