September 17th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Bore hole reaches trapped Chilean miners

Karl Penhaul

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - A bore hole reached 33 trapped Chilean miners Friday, officials said, but it must be widened before the miners can squeeze through - a process that should take a few weeks.

The "Plan B" drill was welcomed by the jubilant workers as it reached its target in the mine's workshop, 623 meters (about 2,040 feet) down, at about 10:30 a.m. ET Friday, officials said.

"Once we got back to drilling it went very good, the rock was real tough the last few hours, but we did it," said Brandon Fisher of Center Rock Inc.

Miners assisted the operation by offering guidance for the drilling. The workers could be rescued, if all goes well, in late October or early November.

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