Salute to Mr President Sebastian Pinera & Wife, Chilean Minister of Mining Mr. Laurence Goldborne & staff and all rescuers….We Are The world Proud, and very grateful to you… May God Bless You All.(Mannaismaya)
And also Thank you so much to all Reporters.
Last of Chilean miners is raised safely to surface
Miner Raul Bustos embraces his wife Cristy Coronado after being rescued. More photos »
By MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press Writer – 2 mins ago
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night — a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been trapped so long and survived.
Luis Urzua ascended smoothly through 2,000 feet of rock, completing a 22 1/2-hour rescue operation that unfolded with remarkable speed and flawless execution. Before a jubilant crowd of about 2,000 people, he became the 33rd miner to be rescued.
“We have done what the entire world was waiting for,” he told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera immediately after his rescue. “The 70 days that we fought so hard were not in vain. We had strength, we had spirit, we wanted to fight, we wanted to fight for our families, and that was the greatest thing.”
The president told him: “You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration. Go hug your wife and your daughter.” With Urzua by his side, he led the crowd in singing the national anthem.
The rescue exceeded expectations every step of the way. Officials first said it might be four months before they could get the men out; it turned out to be 69 days and about 8 hours.
Once the escape tunnel was finished, they estimated it would take 36 to 48 hours to get all the miners to the surface. That got faster as the operation went along, and all the men were safely above ground in 22 hours, 37 minutes.
The rescue workers who talked the men through the final hours still had to be hoisted to the surface.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R) embraces the last miner to be rescued, Luis Urzua, who is credited with organizing trapped miners to ration food and save themselves, at the end of the rescue operation at the San Jose mine in Copiapo, October 13, 2010. All of Chile’s 33 trapped miners were rescued from the bowels of the earth in a special capsule on Wednesday as a extraordinary two-month survival story many call a miracle triggered wild celebrations.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera talks with the last miner to be rescued, Luis Urzua, credited with organizing the miners to ration food and save themselves, at the end of the operation at the San Jose mine in Copiapo October 13, 2010. All of Chile’s 33 trapped miners were rescued from the bowels of the earth in a special capsule on Wednesday as a extraordinary two-month survival story many call a miracle triggered wild celebrations.«
Luis Urzua, 54, last of 33 trapped miners
Luis Urzua, 54, the last of the 33 trapped miners, celebrates with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (R) after ascending from the underground San Josemine in Copiapo, in this frame grab taken October 13, 2010. All of Chile’s 33 trapped miners were rescued from the bowels of the earth in a special capsule on Wednesday as a extraordinary two-month survival story many call a miracle triggered wild celebrations. REUTERS/Government of Chile/Pool
Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued, center in green, sings the national anthem next to Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera, right, after being rescued…
Rescued miner Franklin Lobos, 53
Rescued miner Franklin Lobos, 53, waves to the press as he arrives to the hospital of Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Lobos is the twenty-seventh of 33 miners rescued from the San Jose mine after more than 2 months trapped underground.
Rescued miner Carlos Burgueno, 26
Rescued miner Carlos Burgueno, 26, waves to the press as he arrives to the hospital of Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Burgueno was the twenty-third of 33 miners rescued from the San Jose mine after more than 2 months trapped underground.«
Relatives and friends of 33 freed miners celebrate the end of the successful rescue operation at the camp outside the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile,…
Rescue workers begin to celebrate
Rescue workers begin to celebrate as the last rescued miner Luis Urzua arrives to the surface at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday Oct.…
In a triumphant moment shared by millions around the world, a trapped Chilean miner broke through the surface overnight Tuesday, ending 69 days of underground captivity and leading the way for 32 others behind him. The complex operation, which involves bringing each miner up from more than 600 meters in a rocket-like rescue capsule, has drawn massive interest
Chilean miner Carlos Barrios
Chilean miner Carlos Barrios (C) leaves the Fenix capsule after being brought to the surface. The miners stepping out of the capsule after a 15-minuteascent up a 622-meter (2,041-foot) escape shaft pumped their fists towards the sky they had not seen for 69 days, or dropped to their knees in prayer.«
Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda celebrates after being brought to the surface. All the miners were pale and wore special dark sunglasses to protect their weakened eyes from the natural light.
In this screen grab taken from video, rescuers inside the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, hold a sign that reads ‘Mission Complete’ after all 33 trappedminers were rescued Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.
Thursday, October 14, 2010 09.20 Am
Thanks God, You’ve saved them all