Crews Hit Underground Target, Find No Signs of Life

Huntington, Utah (AP) _ Rescuers hope to finish drilling a second, larger hole tonight in their effort to reach the six Utah miners trapped hundreds of feet below the surface.

A 2 1/2 hole broke into the chamber last night. But when crews dropped a microphone into it, they heard nothing to indicate the men are still alive.

They hope to use the nearly 9-inch hole that they're still drilling to send down a powerful camera and peer into the pocket. They still have more than 800 feet to go to reach the chamber.

An air sample from the chamber showed there was plenty of oxygen. But, it also showed there was no carbon dioxide -- the presence of which would be a sign that people are breathing.


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