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Families wait for rescue of Chilean miners


SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (WKOW) -- A drill has broken through to the 33 Chilean miners that have been trapped under ground for 66 days.

A siren sounded to signal the breakthrough, which set off cheering by the families who have been holding vigil at the tent camp outside the mine. Now, rescue officials must determine whether to reinforce the rescue hole with steel tubing before they begin hauling the miners out.

The actual rescue is likely to still be a few days away and officials warn that the rescue process is dangerous. They want to be sure the shaft is reinforced to prevent rock falls or further collapsing.

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