They survived a horrific disaster and became international heroes, but the 33 trapped Chilean miners face one more hurdle between themselves and freedom: They can't get fat.
Officials say the miners must keep their weight down or stay stuck in the mine, The Associated Press reports.
To fit into the rescue tunnel being dug, each man's waist cannot exceed a 35 inch circumference.
That's just too much pressure. There's no room to work out. In fact, they're probably going to have to do something in the space to designate a 'bathroom' area. And now they have to worry about their weight?
That's crazy. BBC News reports:
Remberto Valdes, a lawyer representing the family of miner Raul Bustos, told the BBC that the criminal action by Mr Bustos's family sought specifically to see the mine owners and government inspectors condemned for their alleged responsibility.
"I'm not thinking of monetary compensation," said Carolina Narvaez, the wife of Mr Bustos, according to AFP.
"I'm thinking of holding people responsible. Not only the mine's owners but also people who didn't do their job" checking the safety of the mine, she added.
They need to be sued. Imagine if it was you stuck underground for four months? I'd go stir crazy. Supposedly the rescue people are speaking with NASA to find out about space missions -- how astronauts are able to handle the confined time.
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