Trapped Miners Survived on a Few Bites of Tuna

Plus a sip of milk, a biscuit, every 2 days
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2010 7:40 AM CDT
Carlos Araya and Jorge Galleguillos, top, place a Chilean flag with the name of their relative Carlos Galleguillos, one of the 33 miners trapped at the San Jose collapsed mine, in Copiapo, Chile.   (AP Photo/ Roberto Candia)

(Newser) – As more news from the trapped Chilean miners bubbles to the surface, the Telegraph reports new details on how they have managed to survive 18 days. Using an intercom lowered 2,300 feet, the miners explained that they carefully rationed the food that had been stored in the emergency shelter, eating "two little spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk and a biscuit every 48 hours," according to a member of the rescue team.

Rescuers have managed to deliver glucose, hydration gel, oxygen, and medicine to them using plastic supply tubes. "They asked for food, and toothbrushes and something for their eyes," says the mining minister.

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