Trapped Miners Could Be Underground Til Christmas
... in a sweltering shelter with limited food, water
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2010 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Chile rejoiced over the discovery that 33 Chilean miners are alive after 17 days stuck underground, but their ordeal is far from over. The engineer leading the rescue mission says it will take "at least 120 days" to create a shaft wide enough to pull the miners up one by one, reports the Telegraph. Until then, they'll remain in the shelter 2,300 feet underground, where sweltering temps range from 90 to 97 degrees, and carefully ration the food and hydration gels that are sent to them through plastic tubes.