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Chilean Miners Close to Rescue

By as early as midnight, crews hope to use this rescue capsule to begin pulling 33 Chilean miners to safety one by one.

Rescue workers finished reinforcing and testing the escape shaft Monday.

Each two-thousand foot trip will last about 20 minutes.

It'll take 48 hours to hoist all of the miners up.

The men who've been stuck underground for more than two months will have their eyes closed and immediately be given dark glasses to avoid damaging their eyesight.

The order they'll come out is reportedly being kept secret -- but the first few will likely be the fittest.

Once the miners reach the surface, they'll immediately be given medical checkups before being flown to a hospital for a more thorough examination.


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