Clinging to Hope

A simple noise gives rescuers renewed hope.

Rescuers searching for six trapped coal miners got two pieces of hopeful news — images of an intact chamber with potentially breathable air and the sound of mysterious vibrations in the mountain.

Officials were studying the results of air quality samples taken from a third borehole, and were expected to release their findings Thursday, 10 days after the cave-in.

Video images from the same shaft showed an undamaged section complete with a ventilation curtain that divides intake air from exhaust air. Behind the curtain, in theory, the men might have found refuge and breathable air.

You’ve got to admire the never-give-up attitude of those who are involved in this process. 10 days without food or water is a long time, but miracles do happen.