Chilean minister: All 8 miners rescued are healthy

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:50 AM
Chilean minister: All 8 miners rescued are healthy

Chile's health minister says the eight miners rescued thus far after 69 days underground are all in good health.

Jaime Manalich says that no miner has needed any special medication, not even the diabetic among them.

He also notes that the escape capsule is not rotating as officials had expected it to, which has allowed rescuers to speed its trips up and down.

Manalich told a news conference Wednesday that the 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) capsule has suffered no damage. He said that the only delay was a programmed change of some of the spring-loaded wheels, which lasted 35 minutes.