American team helping to free Chilean miners
Brandon Fisher has the deep orange hue of someone who has a sunburn on top of a sunburn. The creases under his eyes are evidence of how little sleep he has had lately.
Fisher and a small crew of American drillers are the tip of the spear for Plan B, one of the three drilling teams racing to rescue 33 trapped miners buried 2,300 feet below the ground.
It’s a high pressure assignment expected to continue for months in Chile’s remote and unforgiving Atacama Desert.
Fisher’s crew has been working around the clock for more than a week. Despite the grueling schedule, he said he’s up for the challenge.
“We have got humans in the ground. It doesn’t matter if they are Americans or Chileans,” Fisher said Monday in his first interview since arriving in Chile eight days earlier.