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Chile miners should be reached 'within hours'

Rescuers hope to reach the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile within 24 hours, the mining minister has said.

Laurence Golborne said drilling equipment was being changed in preparation for the final push, but he said it would be three to eight days before the rescue mission would begin.

The miners were trapped 700m underground when part of the San Jose mine collapsed on 5 August.

The BBC's Andrew Harding reports.

  • 08 Oct 2010