A team of top psychologists is heading for Chile to provide counselling to Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued, as he could not remember if he had remembered to switch-off the iron in the chamber where he spent almost 70 days.
"I had a list of things to do before I left, such as pour away the unused milk, switch-off the lights and TV, and tidy all the newspapers, but I can't believe that I might have left the iron switched-on" said Urzua "And it is really worrying me especially since it was lying face-down on the ironing board."
Chilean President Sebastian Pinere held an emergency news conference during which he informed the assembled media that "Whilst we cannot use the Plan B tunnel any longer because Luis Urzua is sure he locked-it properly as he left - and he gave the door a good shake to make sure it was locked - we will continue drilling the Plan C shaft and in the next few weeks we hope to drop-down a probe which can detect slight burning smells, and if we think it is still switched-on a rescue team of 12 fully trained cleaning ladies will descend into the chamber and switch-off the offending item."
Industry analysts have confirmed that the rescued men were in remarkably good health and spirits, but they are tough individuals so being trapped underground for 70 days with the constant fear of death is routine for them. However the trauma of not being sure if the iron is still on takes the psychologcal torture to a new level, and there is the danger of all the miners suffering from long-term mental health problems unless it can be proved that the device is switched-off."
"It is now in God's hands" said a tearful Urzua "And if it is switched-on I can expect a jolly good telling-off from the cleaning ladies as I think I also left the toilet seat up."