UPS Moves a Mountain of Machinery for Trapped Chilean Miners

by Shawn Butler
Sep 17, 2010 2:45 PM ET

UPS arranged for the transport of special new drilling equipment to Copiapo, Chile,  four drills that may allow the miners to be freed in 60 days – half the time than originally projected.


Hope goes up and down at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, like the temperature. 

On August 5, a cave-in at a gold and copper mine in the blistering Atacama Desert here blocked the only passageway in and out. Miners lucky enough to escape the disaster wept for 33 of their co-workers, left a half mile below the surface of the earth and presumed lost.

But hope soared when 17 days later a probe shaft drilled by rescue officials located all 33 men safe in a room-sized chamber of the mine. The miners had survived in utter darkness for two and one-half weeks on two teaspoons of tuna fish, a sip of milk and half a biscuit each every 48 hours.

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