The first miners trapped 700m underground in Chile for over two months have been finally hoisted safely to surface in a 28in-wide narrow capsule.

There are 28 miners and one rescuer underground, who will be hoisted to the surface.

The top of the shaft has been reinforced with metal casing to prevent crumbling surface rocks from breaking away during the rescue.

The first few men rescued include psychologically stable and experienced miners and next to be hoisted are weakest or ill, officials said.

During their journey to the surface the miners will wear a bio-harness designed for astronauts, which monitors their heart rate, breathing, temperature and oxygen consumption.

The miners, trapped since 5 August at San Jose mine, were believed to be dead before rescuers made first contact with them 17 days later.