33 Chilean miners, who have been trapped in a refuge for 21 days since the access pass to the mine was blocked off by fallen rock, showed the power of the human spirit when video of them was released today by the Chile Ministry of Mining. In the video, which was originally 45 minutes and aired on Chilean television, the miners give a tour of their tight quarters, thank everyone who is working to free them—even giving a round of applause, send messages to their loved ones and sang the Chilean national anthem.
The group expresses optimism, and even shares a few smiles. Experts say that it may take up to three months to dig them out of the 2300 feet-deep mine; a time-grame that has not been shared with the miners yet. They have been promised, however, that they will be reunited with their families.
Engineers, who sent the camera down so that the men could show their conditions and that they were in good health, plan to send down entertainment for them as well. This includes video footage of soccer greats Diego Armando Maradona, Ronaldinho and Pele.