Crying Miners Send Love to Families

New video a dark postcard for those waiting above
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2010 3:10 AM CDT

A new video released yesterday of 33 men trapped in a mine under Chile's Atacama Desert shows them sending emotional greetings to their families, talking about how they are doing better since receiving food, and breaking into tears as they turn to thoughts of loved ones. The miners, who have been stuck underground since August 5, are shirtless because of the mine's sweltering heat, and dressed in special white pants designed to help keep them dry, AP reports.

Most sound initially upbeat, talking about rescuers who have sent them food, water, medicine, and handwritten notes through three small bore holes. But when speaking about their wives and children, many of the men break down. "I'm sending my greetings to Angelica. I love you so much, darling," said 30-year-old Osman Araya, as his voice chokes and he begins to cry. "Tell my mother, I love you guys so much. I'll never leave you, I will fight to the end to be with you." The miners could remain trapped until Christmas.
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