First Chilean Miners Rescued
October 13, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Eight of the 33 Chilean copper and gold miners who’ve been trapped 2000 feet underground for more than two months have been rescued so far, to their waiting families. The men travel up a narrow, nearly half-mile long shaft in a custom-designed capsule back up to the surface, in a trip that could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and involve several nausea-inducing spins. Once above ground, the men will undergo a series of medical exams at a triage station. Florencio Avalos, 31, was chosen to be the first one hoisted up based on his relative good health. When he emerged wearing a helmet and sunglasses to protect him from the glare of rescue lights, he was greeted massive cheers, and hugs from loved ones. Crews will now rescue the remaining miners one by one, in a process that will last many hours. Last up will be the group’s foreman, Luis Urzua, who’s been the group’s leader since the cave-in 68 days ago.