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Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground

Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground

On today in 2010, the final of 33 miners trapped nearly half of a mile underground for a lot more than 8 weeks at a caved-in mine in northern Chile, are rescued. The miners survived longer than other people trapped underground in recorded history.

The miners’ ordeal began on August 5, 2010, once the San Jose gold and copper mine where these were working, some 500 miles north of the Chilean capital city of Santiago, collapsed. The 33 men moved to an underground emergency shelter area, where they discovered just several days’ worth of food rations. As their situation grew more desperate on the next 17 days, the miners, uncertain if anyone would see them, considered cannibalism and suicide. Then, on August 22, a drill sent by rescuers broke to the certain area where in fact the miners were located, and the men sent up an email saying back, “We are fine in the refuge, the 33.” Food, water, letters, medicine along with other supplies were sent to the miners with a narrow bore hole soon. Video cameras were also sent down, allowing for rescuers to start to see the men and the hot, humid space where these were entombed. As engineering and mining experts from all over the world collaborated on the long, complex procedure for devising a method to bring the 33 men around the top, the miners maintained a operational system of jobs and routines to keep up morale.

Rescuers eventually drilled and reinforced a getaway shaft wide enough to extract the men, one at a time. (Employees of a Pennsylvania-based drilling-tool company played a job in drilling the rescue shaft.) On October 12, the initial of the miners grew up to the top in a narrow, 13-foot-tall capsule painted white, red and blue, the colors of the Chilean flag. The approximately 2,000-foot ascent to the top in the capsule took around 15 minutes for every man.

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The miners were greeted by way of a cheering crowd that included Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera; media from round the global world; and relatives and friends, a lot of whom have been camped at the bottom of the mine in the Atacama Desert for months. Millions of individuals around the world watched the rescue on live TV. Less than 24 hours following the operation began, all 33 of the miners, who ranged in age from 19 to 63, had been rescued safely. Almost all of the men were in a healthy body, and all of them sported dark glasses to safeguard their eyes after being in a candlight space for such a long time.

The rescued miners were later honored with trips to a number of destinations, including England, Israel and Florida’s Walt Disney World, in which a parade happened within their honor.

Source: History