UPDATE: Rescue ahead of schedule; some miners may leave hospital tomorrow

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - Mine officials in Chile believe they might be able to free the all of the 33 miners by midnight.

The rescue is running ahead of schedule with more than three-quarters of the miners now above ground, after being trapped for almost two and a half months.

The Country's Health Minister says some of miners probably will be able to leave the hospital tomorrow -- that's earlier than expected. But he says many are anxious and have been unable to sleep. One is being treated for pneumonia and two need dental work.

President Barack Obama says the resolve of Chilean people is inspirational and the rescue has captivated the world.

Joyous reaction is pouring out across Twitter and Facebook, as viewers worldwide watch the story unfold in real time.

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