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NASA Psychologists Offer Survival Tips To Miners Trapped In Chile

September 10, 2010 by  

NASA psychologists offer survival tips to miners trapped in ChileCatastrophes like the Chile mine collapse don’t happen often, but when they do survivors may be at a loss as to how to utilize the physical and emotional resources they have in order to make it until rescues arrive.

Recently, NASA experts provided advice for the trapped miners and those who provide psychological care to maximize their survival chances during what may be a months-long ordeal. This information can also come in handy to anyone who becomes trapped underground during other types of accidents or recreational activities such as spelunking.

The agency’s psychologist Al Holland, who was part of the delegation that visited the site, said it was important for the miners’ well-being to form an underground community with a hierarchy and establish different social groups, according to CNN.

He also stressed the importance of using lighting to maintain sleep and wake cycles in order to prevent signs of mental decline and confusion.

All of the consulted experts agreed that survival was only the first step and healthcare providers as well as families and the community will have to work together to help re-introduce the men to society both mentally and physically, especially in terms of returning to a solid-food diet, the news provider further reported.

The collapse at the San Jose mine occurred on Aug. 5 leaving 33 miners working 2,300 feet below the ground missing and presumed dead. However, 17 days later the authorities discovered all were alive and launched a rescue effort that may last until the end of this year.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937159-ADNFCR

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  • dan az

    Hey al I hope you are paying attention I trust you will have no problem because you will have all the books to keep you careful in there buddy!

    • Al Sieber

      Thanks dan, I’m working above ground now until Nov. the longest I was ever trapped under ground was 3 hours and that was 33 years ago. 3 seconds is long enough. I’m real careful though. I’d rather have a good woman, then books.

      • dan az

        No kidding! Hey I saw that gold was way up there so how are you doing?

  • Lou

    God bless them and their families. I am praying for a speedy rescue.

    • eddie47d

      Thanks for the kind words for the miners in this difficult situation. They are still in grave danger so bless you.

      • dan az

        You to eddie!

      • Al Sieber

        eddie, thanks for the kind words also.

        • dan az

          Al I dont think he was talking to us!lol

  • john

    Nasa will help them to reach out and be sympathetic to Muslims.I just can’t believe that obama has’nt solved this crisis yet or at least made it go away..oh I’m sorry I forgot he’s only the leader of the Divided States of America not the world..yet

    • Al Sieber

      NASA? Muslims? these guys that are trapped are miners, not Astronauts they could give a damn about Muslims.

  • http://gmail i41

    Only time Barry has been below ground level, was when he was a Blarney’s basement play yard good buddy to the boy’s club. That was when Omoron wasn’t trolling with Clyspso Louie, “Rev.” Wrong Wright, and Momamar Kaddifia, they followed their muslim laws, of only male organisms under 10.

    • Bob from Socal

      I could of swore he came out from under a rock somewhere!

  • Meager Loss

    That’s what I would want, advice from some NASA phd who thinks space and premature burial underground are one and the same. How about how to make a choice cut out of old Pablo when the bugs and rats are all eaten up. Living on foul air, muddy water, and not much else makes a miner start thinking of boiling up a pot of the blast supervisor and carrots. Better feed um more than advice or some of them will come back inside the others.

  • Michael Rafferty

    Has anyone thought of working with EFT? (Emotional Freedom Technique)
    The treatment can be done over the telephone, and doesn’t take long to reduce stress. Phobias like claustrophobia may be reduced in as little as a few minutes.

  • Jeremy

    Thank goodness individuals miners are out. The story about miner 21 was insane.. He just have just stayed at house or some thing :( ..


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