After 32 days trapped 2100 feet underground the 33 miners are becoming angry and combative with their rescuers. Some simple things are becoming irritants … like having their mail censored.
Relatives of the men can send letters down to the men but have been told by officials to keep the messages positive and try to keep them in a healthy state of mind. Failure of the officials to deliver all the letters because of their censorship rules is becoming a real bone of contention with the miners, and some of the miner’s relatives are afraid tempers are going to flare up at any time.
A fiber optic video link has been opened up to the miners that allow the relatives to gauge first hand how their loved ones are doing and some thought they looked pretty good but one man said his father was ready to blow up down there. Most just talk about getting out and going back to their normal lives.
In addition to the mail problems the miners want to be able to smoke and drink wine. They also have been driving around in mine vehicles that they’ve been told not to.
NASA experts and others who are monitoring the situation say the miner’s actions are what should be expected after living in isolation and trapped for this length of time.