London: Messages that are being sent down to the trapped miners in Chile include a "dirty joke of the day".
The miners have been trapped since August 05 when a tunnel collapsed at the mine, located about 700 km north of Chilean capital Santiago. Thirty-three miners face up to four months in isolation as engineers drill a narrow escape shaft.
A minister`s cheeks flushed when he was shown one of the jokes and he was too embarrassed to read it out, The Sun reported on Saturday.
Relatives are sending jokes to the miners to lift their spirits.
The church sent down rosaries blessed by the Pope on Friday. Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz held a mass at the mine.