Trapped Chilean Miners Found Alive

22 August 2010 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2010 18:30)

A group of Chilean miners trapped for 17 days inside a collapsed mine are alive, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has announced. A rescue probe that drilled down 2,257ft (688m) to the bottom of the San Jose mine made contact with the miners, who sent back a message reading: "All 33 of

A group of Chilean miners trapped for 17 days inside a collapsed mine are alive, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has announced.

A rescue probe that drilled down 2,257ft (688m) to the bottom of the San Jose mine made contact with the miners, who sent back a message reading: "All 33 of us are well inside the shelter."

A second note from the miners indicated they were living in a makeshift refuge. Using a bulldozer, they created a canal of fresh water and have used electricity from a truck engine to rig up lighting deep inside the notoriously dangerous copper mine.

The miners were trapped on 5 August following the collapse of the mine's roof.