Rescue workers today (23 August) sunk a drill almost to the underground chamber where two miners have been trapped for eleven days, 331 feet underground.
LS Drilling machine
Pan hole being drilled to rig
Man working on crane
Crane picking up box
Box hanging from crane
LS Crowd observing work
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Background: Rescue workers today (23 August) sunk a drill almost to the underground chamber where two miners have been trapped for eleven days, 331 feet underground. The drill was quickly stopped inches short of the chamber to prevent it from crushing the ceiling, and dropping tons of rock on the two men.
Rescue workers will clear away the cuttings from the drill hole, and then David Fellin, 58, and Henry Throne, 28 -- the entombed miners, will try and dig up a few inches to make contact with the new hole. This procedure is felt to be less dangerous than drilling all the way to the men. Once the breakthrough is made, it will take about thirty hours to widen the new shaft to 18-inches in diameter. The miners will be brought to the surface through a specially designed capsule. There is still no word from the third miner trapped in the cave-in. Louis Bova, 42, is in a compartment separated from Throne and Fellin by 18 feet of debris. He has not been heard from since last Tuesday.
Throne and Fellin have been communicating with the ground via a telephone installed in a six-inch pilot hole. Two other holes were drilled in an attempt to reach the men, but the drills drifted off to one side of the other, missing the chamber.
These holes are plugged by wooden "corks". Hundreds of spectators, including Mrs. Fellin, are waiting and praying at the surface.