The ordeal for 33 trapped miners in Chile could soon be over.
Rescuers Monday successfully tested a capsule to hoist the trapped miners to freedom, meaning the rescue effort could begin soon. Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said the specially designed bullet-shaped cage was lowered almost the entire length of the escape shaft without a hitch. If all goes as planned, the evacuations would begin sometime Tuesday and take about 48 hours to hoist the men up from the caved-in mine half a mile underground. The miners have been trapped since the August 5th collapse of the gold and copper mine, in a two-month ordeal that has captured the world’s attention.
To learn more about the rescue efforts the KXNT Morning News spoke to CBS News Correspondent Fernando Suarez.