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Trapped Chile Miners Watch Chile Football Match

A fibre-optic signal brought some joy and excitement to the 33 trapped Chilean miners, enabling them to watch a live broadcast of the Chilean national football team playing a friendly match against Ukraine on Tuesday.
PTI September 08, 2010 16:15 IST
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A fibre-optic signal brought some joy and excitement to the 33 trapped Chilean miners, enabling them to watch a live broadcast of the Chilean national football team playing a friendly match against Ukraine on Tuesday.

A miniature projector snaked down a bore hole displayed the game on an underground wall, creating an image 50-inches wide. 



Engineers working at the site liaised with a local mobile company in order to bring the live broadcast to the trapped miners.  According to reports by Chilean newspapers, Franklin Lobos, one of the trapped miners, who used to play professionally for various teams in northern Chile and was part of the national team in 1984, acted as the match commentator.  

The miners cheered and sung in support of their national team as they watched the game. They were able to communicate with a team of engineers who made the transmission possible. 



In Ukraine, Chile's national football team wore T-shirts with messages of support for the miners.



The men have been trapped since 5 August, after a landslide at the gold and copper mine in the Atacama desert caused a tunnel to collapse and entombed the men more than 2,200 feet (676 metres) below ground.  It's unclear how long the miners will be stuck underground.



The Chilean government has said it could take until December to drill a hole big enough to pull them out, while other experts have said it could be as soon as late October. AP