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Hopes rise for early miners rescue

Hopes are rising that the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for six weeks could be rescued much earlier than previously predicted.

Rescuers made speedy progress in drilling a relief shaft into an underground cavern where the men are sheltering.

The government previously said it would take until early November to rescue the miners, but Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said Friday's rescue work is ahead of schedule.

Once the rescue shaft is completed it will be reinforced with a metal sleeve. The miners will be hoisted up in a steel capsule still being assembled.

Three smaller holes drilled earlier have allowed rescuers to supply the men with food, water, medical supplies and extra air.

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