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Message from trapped miners

Lilianette Ramirez, wife of Mario Gomez, one of 33 miners trapped in a deep underground copper and gold mine, holds a letter from her husband outside the mine in Copiapo, 725 km (450 miles) north of Santiago. The 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground sent a message to the surface tied to a drill on Sunday, saying they were all alive, in their first contact since a cave-in 17 days ago. The paper message was tied to a perforation drill that rescuers used to bore through to the area near an underground shelter, where the miners took shelter after the August 5 collapse at the gold and copper mine in the far north. Reuters photo
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