Medical Expert Descended Chile Mine Shaft

Miner portraitThe first people down the shaft to the 33 trapped Chilean miners were a rescue expert from a state-owned mining conglomerate and a medical expert, who prepared the men for their journey to the surface.  Some of the fittest went first, in case the capsule encountered problems during its ascent. The weakest went next, and the group’s leaders last.

They were taken to a field hospital built near the entrance to the shaft where, if they are strong enough, they will be allowed to meet three relatives each. They will then be flown by helicopter to a hospital in the nearest city, Copiapó, for more thorough checks and at least two days of recuperation.

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