Factbox: What’s next for Chile’s trapped miners?

(BestGrowthStock) – The first of Chile’s 33 trapped miners are set to travel some 2,050 feet through solid rock in a shaft just wider than a man’s shoulders on Tuesday, as their two-month ordeal after a cave-in draws to an end.

Engineers have successfully tested the capsule inside the shaft, and the final phase of the rescue has been rigorously planned, according to government officials and rescue workers:

* Rescuers, including a mining engineer and a paramedic, will descend the escape shaft in a caged rescue capsule designed by the Chilean navy, briefing the men and carrying out final medical checks.

* The rescue capsules are 13 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds (460 kg) and each comes equipped with harness, oxygen and headset for continuous communication with the surface. The ascent, which could take up to 45 minutes for each miner, will be monitored by audio and video equipment inside the capsule.

* The most able-bodied miners will be the first to ascend, given the possibility the capsule could become trapped during the escape. Government sources say the Bolivian citizen trapped with the 32 Chileans may be among this first group. The weakest and sickest men will be the next to ascend, leaving the most psychologically stable men to the end.

* On arriving at the surface, the men will be accompanied by doctors and paramedics to a critical care and stabilization unit erected at the mine entrance. If they are found to be healthy, they will be taken to another tent to visit with family members.

* From there, the miners will be flown by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Copiapo, where they will be tended to for at least 48 hours.

(Reporting by Juana Casas; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Simon Gardner and Jerry Norton)

Factbox: What’s next for Chile’s trapped miners?