LAST MAN OUT EXPECTED TO BE SHIFT CHIEF LUIZ URZUA

Miners on their way to freedom one by one

By Morag Lindsay

Published: 13/10/2010

The dramatic attempt to rescue 33 men trapped in a Chilean gold mine moved into its final phase early today when the specially-built cage which will bring them one-by-one to the surface was lowered down the 2,000ft shaft leading to their underground chamber.

Two months of intense planning finally came to a head after last-minute tests showed the rescue shaft was strong enough to begin the long process of freeing the miners.

Chilean officials handed the families a list outlining the order in which the miners were expected to emerge.

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