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Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners

Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Relatives of trapped miners applaud a back-up drill. After a record two months trapped underground in a collapsed mine, the miners appear to be just days from a miraculous rescue.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Police officers escort one of the back-up drills of the T-130 in the San Jose mine at La Esperanza camp, near Copiapo, Chile.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Workers celebrate in the arid Atacama desert, 800km north of Santiago, on October 9, 2010. The drilling crew are part of an effort dubbed 'Plan B' to reach the 33 miners.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Relatives of the trapped miners celebrate after one of the drills working to rescue them finally reached their shelter in the San Jose mine.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
A man in a clown suit holding a Chilean flag celebrates with a TV reporter.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
The crane that will rise the escape capsule of the miners.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
The T130 drill at work in the San Jose mine.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne (C) drinks 'mate' -typical South American infusion- and eats with relatives of the miners.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
Firefighters stand by the entrance of the San Jose mine.
Rescue hope nears for trapped Chilean miners
The T130 drill at work in the San Jose mine.