The Miracle Out Of The Mine: Rescuing The Chilean Miners

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1||October 13, 2010: Thirty-three Chilean miners are being rescued today after spending more than two months trapped underground. The amazing rescue efforts have cost millions of dollars, and involved experts from dozens of countries. Even NASA has lent a hand. Each roundtrip of the rescue capsule bringing the miners back to the surface has taken about an hour. || Chilean Government/Hugo Infante/UPI/Newscom&&

2||Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, right, greets Mario Sepulveda, the second rescued miner. || Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Newscom&&

3||The miners were stuck more than a half-mile underground. They received glucose, hydration and medicine in late August. At the time, the miners didn’t know their rescue could still be months away. || imago stock&people/Newscom&&

4|| ||Chilean Government/Hugo Infante/UPI/Newscom&&

5|| ||AFP/Newscom&&

6|| ||Staff/MCT/Newscom&&

7||In a picture taken in early September, Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich talks with the trapped miners in a video conference.||Handout/ Ministry of Minning/dpa/picture-alliance/dpa/Newscom&&

8||One of the drills used to try and create a 702-meter hole to reach the trapped miners.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

9||Workers test the rescue capsule being used to transport the miners to the surface.||Pool/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom&&

10||A rescue worker holds a pair of sunglasses prepared to protect the miners’ eyes after they reemerged from below ground after so long.||Marcelo Hernandez/picture-alliance/dpa/Newscom&&

11||During their time below, the miners used a video feed to communicate with rescue workers, government officials and family members above ground.||Moscia Lorenzo/Abaca/Newscom&&

12|| ||Moscia Lorenzo/Abaca/Newscom&&

13|| ||Moscia Lorenzo/Abaca/Newscom&&

14|| ||Moscia Lorenzo/Abaca/Newscom&&

15||More than 2,000 family members and workers set up residence at Camp Hope to wait anxiously for the trapped miners’ rescue.||UPI/Sebastian Padilla&&

16||On August 22, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera holds up a note from the miners, reading ”We are fine in the shelter, the 33 of us.” ||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

17||As the days turned to weeks and then months, family members held candlelight vigils, prayed and waited anxiously for their loved ones to be rescued from the mine. ||SEBSTIAN PADILLA/UPI/Newscom&&

18|| ||Marcelo Hernandez/picture-alliance/dpa/Newscom&&

19||Thousands awaited the rescue effort in Chile. || Marcelo Hernandez/picture-alliance/dpa/Newscom&&

20|| ||JORGE MATTA/UPI/Newscom&&

21||As the rescue operations continued Wednesday, the celebrations of loved ones reunited also continued.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

22|| ||De la Maza Jose Manuel/Abaca/Newscom&&

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24|| ||ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

25|| ||imago stock&people/Newscom&&

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Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

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