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Last Updated: Thursday August 26 2010 14:07 GMT

In pics: Trapped miners in Chile

Miner Florencio Avalos peers out of the underground room where the 33 miners are trapped 700m under the surface.

This is the image that sparked the epic rescue operation. Miner Florencio Avalos peers out of the underground room where the miners are trapped 700m under the surface.

Trapped miners

These are some of the men who have been trapped since 5 August, when part of the copper mine they were working in collapsed in Chile. It could take months to get them out.

Water is passed to the miners

Bottled water has been sent down a pipeline to the miners. It can get very hot in the mine, with temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius.

Supplies for the miners

The miners have been sent supplies of food and medicine. They have also been given things like torches and games to keep them busy during their long wait.

Vigil for the miners

The whole nation is behind the miners, and their rescuers, families and friends have all come to the mine to show their support.

This is the note the miners sent to the surface to let everyone know they're OK. It's in Spanish, and reads: "We're OK in the shelter, all 33."

This is the note the miners sent to the surface to let everyone know they're OK. It's in Spanish, and reads: "We're OK in the shelter, all 33."

Miner's letter

One of the miners wrote this letter to his wife. It says: "Give a lot of kisses to all my daughters and grandchildren, tell them I love them very much. Tell them not to worry."

This is Alberto Segovia. He's holding a picture of his brother Dario, who is trapped in the mine.

It's been a really worrying time for the families of the miners. This is Alberto Segovia. He's holding a picture of his brother Dario, who is trapped in the mine.

This is Sandro Rojas Carrizo. His brother Esteban is stuck in the mine. The message on the rocks says: "Be strong brother miners."

There's a telephone, so the miners can speak to their families. This is Sandro Carrizo, whose brother Esteban is in the mine. The message on the rocks says: "Be strong brother miners."

Drill

And this is the special drill that will be used to dig down to the miners. It will be used to make an escape route 66cm wide, which the miners will eventually be pulled out of.

TV camera

In the meantime a TV camera is being fed down to the miners, so the people on the surface can see how they're getting on.