Last trapped Chile miner rescued

BBC News
13 October 2010

The capsule carrying Luis Urzua emerged to cheers, songs and applause

The last of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile for more than two months has been rescued.

Luis Urzua, the shift supervisor who was credited with helping the men survive the first 17 days before rescue teams made contact, was greeted by his family and President Sebastian Pinera.

The six rescuers sent down to assist the miners are now being winched up.

The rescued miners have been taken to hospital. All have severe dental infections, and some have eye problems.

One man has been diagnosed with pneumonia, although his condition is not thought to be serious.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich stressed that all appeared to be in far better condition than expected.

The men had been trapped underground since 5 August, when a rockfall caused a tunnel to collapse.

“They were experiencing a kind of rebirth,” President Pinera said in a televised address after Mr Urzua’s ascent. “When the last miner exited the depths of the mine, I was moved as every Chilean was.”

BBC News has two video at this link as well as photos and profiles of the rescued men.

Update: A Happy Ending To The Chilean Mine Disaster Thanks To America’s Can-Do Spirit, at NewsRealBlog. At MichelleMalkin.com, Celebrating American Greatness…in Chile

Update 2: This photo of the last miner (center) and the Chilean President (right) has just appeared at FoxNews.com

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