August 23rd, 2010
05:25 PM ET

How will trapped Chile miners cope?

Nick Hunt

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The miners stranded some 2,300 feet (700 meters) underground in Chile will need to keep to a routine and rely on each other to help their chances of survival, experts have said.

Rescuers are racing to reach the 33 men trapped in the north of the country after their copper and gold mine caved in nearly three weeks ago. Officials warn it may take up to four months to dig a rescue shaft and bring the men to the surface.

In the meantime, messages, flashlights, medicine and food will be passed underground to ensure their survival.

How are the men likely to be coping?

Dr. James Thompson, co-director of London's Traumatic Stress Clinic, has counseled hostages who have been held in confined conditions for long periods of time.

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  1. rose

    I honestly don't think they'll survive... the waiting on both side will be to much, only a miracle.

    August 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm |