I agree that it is not good to capitalize on a disaster, but isn't it worth looking into what things could have been done better to avoid events like this? I mean, if the corporation was cutting corners to save money while decreasing safety, that's not good.
That said, thank goodness that these people are going to be able to survive. This could have been a real tragedy.
This article explains how a steel pipe will connect the trapped miners to the surface world:
Originally posted by Yahoo News
Encasing just the top of the shaft is a compromise that will protect the miners as their capsule passes through a curved section where the rock is particularly fractured. It's also more technically feasible.
While some miners' families wanted the entire shaft encased, some engineers involved in the rescue said the risk of the capsule getting jammed in the unreinforced hole was less than the risk of the pipes getting jammed and ruining their hard-won exit route.
Many experts doubted whether encasing the entire shaft was even possible.
I expected the engineers to encase the entire shaft with steel pipe. I guess that my knowledge of pipe differs from reality. If Mario made this trip, he would have green warp pipe along the entire length of the path. After playing several Mario games, I remember no situation where the pipe ended but the path continued through bare rock. (I remember piranha plants.)
I am waiting to know whether the trapped miners can use this shaft to escape.