For 69 days, 33 miners in Chile were trapped underground in what is now the longest underground entrapment ever in the world’s history. The rescue operation was virtually flawless and the celebrations of millions considered by many to be unmatched by any major event the world has known.
Each miner rose approximately half a mile in a specially constructed steel capsule. Click here to view video on capsule as it first arrives on mining site.
It took each man nearly 15 minutes to rise those 2000 feet to be welcomed into the arms of families, friends, and even the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera.
President Pinera assured his countrymen using strong words about the San Jose mine, stating
“This mine will definitely never open again.”
Additionally, Pinera said that those responsible for whatever conditions existed that allowed the accident to occur would be punished. “Those who are responsible will have to assume their responsibility.”
There are countless pictures, slideshows and videos on the web of the Chilean Mine Rescue, and the following is just a sampling of what’s available.
Click here for video of last miner rescued from Chilean mine.
Click here for video of President Pinera after the rescue was completed on Wednesday, October 13.
Click here to view photos from The Huffington Post.
Click here to view photos from The First Post.
Click here for images from BBC News.
Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11413255, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11538485, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/13/chile-mine-rescue-photos_n_761193.html#s155633, http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/69985,in-pictures,news-in-pictures,chile-miners-rescue-pictures, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11529537