Natalie Morales on the Trapped Chilean Miners: "They should be free by October 15th"

Natalie Morales recently returned from Chile, where she spent time with the friends and families of the trapped miners. She talked to about the experience of the women who have been waiting for their men to be rescued and shared some insight into the makeshift community that they have built.

When asked what was the most notable characteristic of the women, Morales described “Their resilience, their spirit, their courage."

"They’ve been camped out there as long as the men have been in the mines," Morales said of the mothers, sisters, and daughter of the trapped miners. "By now it’s like 60 days. It’s really remarkable to see the community spirit and how it’s really become one big family.”

The NBC anchor also described the touching moment when she witnessed the miners communicating with their families via a video feed. “The most touching thing that I’ve seen has been that incredible video of the miners and the courage. This is just a historic rescue. No miner has survived this length of time, none the less no group of 33. It’s remarkable to see how they have been able to get through this.”

Morales will return to Chile this week to report back on the final push to rescue the miners. "Every indication I got points to October 15th as the time when the miners will be freed," Morales assured us. "They are very much on track and on schedule, making really good progress to get the miners free."

Click through the slideshow to see the makeshift camp the women have created:



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Mariela Rosario,

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