I had tried to imagine what they must have felt when they were trapped on Aug 5, and not being able to do anything about it. They couldn't communicate with the outside world to tell rescuers that they were alive and where they were exactly. All they could hope for was that people on the outside would do something... anything.
And day by day they had waited. That thought must have entered their minds; that the people above might have given up hope. That would mean it was only a matter of time before they starved to death. How horrible it must have been to be more than 600 metres below the ground - like being inside a grave, except that you aren't dead yet. But you know you will be; and slowly.
Associated Press report at 9:30PM Malaysia time says rescuers have finished installing steel tubing to reinforce the top of a shaft to bring the miners out.
But there's some way to go yet. A cage (right) will be used to hoist the miners up, but it's not a simple operation. "This is a dangerous mission. We don't want them to panic. The hole is small, rocks will fall on them. It will be frightening."
Sky explains this in How The Chile Mine Rescue Should Unfold.
Meanwhile The Sun says Manchester United legend, Sir Bobby Charlton - whose father had worked in a coalmine - has issued an invitation to bring the miners to Old Trafford.