33 Chilean Miners Rescued 2010

To jubilant cheers and heartfelt tears, the horrific mine accident crisis in Copiapó, Chile came to a happy conclusion as the last of 33 miners resurfaced from deep in the earth. The 33 men were trapped for 69 days, over 2300 feet underground and about 3 miles from the entrance to the mine. As the world watched the dramatic rescue, mining specialists from around the globe rushed to assist the Chilean government and mining community.  The nation was determined to bring home their men.  The Chilean miners were commended for their organization, leadership, and high morale throughout the terrible ordeal.  One of the leaders, Mario Sepulveda (nicknamed “Super Mario”) said in an interview, “The only thought that kept going through my head was that I didn’t want to die before my children had an education. It sounds like a crazy thought but that is so important to me.”  (No, Mario, I don’t think that it was a crazy thought.)  Their heroic story was movingly captured in the 2015 movie The 33 / Los 33.  (Image released to the public by the Government of Chile)

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