OGDENSBURG - Ron Mishkin, a tour guide at Sterling Hill Mine and a former zinc miner, says he is amazed as he watches the rescue efforts for the miners trapped in Chile.

Mishkin says that he once worked thousands of feet underground and he can't believe the high-tech rescue efforts that are taking place.

The Sterling Hill Mine in Sussex County has been closed since the 1980s and is now a museum which shows drills and sleds used by miners to descend into the damp, dark and dangerous mine.

The miners in Chile survived partially because they were mining metals. Had it been a coal mine, Mishkin says they would have quickly been overcome by gases.

Rescue of Chilean miners under way