Trapped miners 'upbeat' in video
The 33 men trapped in a copper mine in Chile have been shown to be alive and kicking, singing and shouting "long live Chile" and "long live the miners" in a video broadcast on national television.
The first footage released of the trapped miners shows them stripped to the waist and appearing slim but healthy.
About five minutes of what is reportedly a 45-minute video was shown by Television Nacional de Chile via the government.
The workers made the video with a camera sent down through a shaft drilled to their emergency shelter deep in the San Jose mine in the north of the country. The mine collapsed during a landslide on August 5.
The grainy night-vision images show some of the miners standing, others lying down and apparently just waking up. One man proudly displays the way they have organised the living room-sized shelter where they have taken refuge. He also showed off areas outside the shelter where they can walk around.
One miner says: "We have everything organised."
As the camera shows a table with dominoes laid out, another miner says: "This is where we entertain ourselves, where we play cards. We meet here every day. We plan, we have assemblies here every day so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33."
The camera was sent down through a bore-hole used for communications. Another small hole which reaches the men's shelter is used for lowering food, and a third provides ventilation.
San Esteban, the mining company which employs them, is doing nothing to help the rescue. It claims it cannot afford to pay their wages.
Earlier this week, lawyers for the firm said that with the mine shut down and no income, the company is at a high risk of bankruptcy.