October 13, 2010 by staff
Franklin Lobos came out of the rescue capsule at about 9:15 AEDT today, less than half an hour after Claudio Acuna emerged.
Six miners remain underground in the mine of San Jose, north of Chile.
But it was the emergence of the minor 21 – and the women who waited – which wowed the world overnight.
Yonni Barrios, 50, came out of the rescue capsule to be embraced by his mistress, Susana Valenzuela.
His wife of 28 years, Marta Salinas, was not mine.
She and Valenzuela came to blows two weeks when the woman claimed to be pining for Barrios as he sat trapped in the mine.
Ultimately, Salinas Barrios declined the invitation to be present alongside Valenzuela when the minor was winched to the surface, Chilean media reported.
Carlos has also been saved Bugueño this morning.
The miners who spent 69 days deep painful Chilean land were hoisted one by one to freedom, rescuing them moving with remarkable speed, while their compatriots broke into applause and the world watched transfixed.
In a carefully planned operation, they were monitored by video on the road for any sign of panic. They had oxygen masks, dark glasses to protect their eyes the light of day and sweaters for the unknown climate shocks, swelter underground colder air above.
They emerged looking healthier than many had expected and even clean-shaven, and at least one, Mario Sepulveda, the second taste of freedom, jumped out and thrust a fist up like a boxer.
“I think I was extraordinarily lucky. I was with God and the devil. And I extended the hand of God “, said he expected the helicopter tour of the Air Force to a nearby hospital where all children were to spend 48 hours under medical observation.
The operation moved beyond the halfway point with the rescue of the infant 17, a 56-year-old electrician named Omar Reygadas who helped organized the underground life. His fourth great-grandchild was born one month after the men were sealed in the lower reaches of the mine by a collapse of the August 5 700 000 tons of rock.
As he traveled down and up, down and up, the rescue capsule was not running both inside the exhaust shaft 2041-up that officials should allow faster travel.
The anxiety that had accompanied the final day of careful preparation has broken with the first rescue – Florencio Avalos, who has emerged from the room-type missiles and a wide smile after his half-mile journey. He embraced his son, sobbing 7-years and the woman, then chairman Sebastian Pinera, who was deeply involved in an effort that had become a matter of national pride.
Avalos was followed an hour later by the most exuberant group, Sepulveda, whose cries were heard even before the cap peeked above the surface. He kissed his wife and handed souvenir rock from the mine to rescue a laugh.
Nobody in history has survived so long stuck in the ground that the 33 men. For the first 17 days, we did not even know if they were alive. In the weeks that followed, the world has been seduced by their endurance and unity.
Health Minister Jaime Manalich told a news conference after eight miners were rescued that all were healthy, and none require special medications, not even diabetics among them.
Chile has exploded in joy and relief to the rescue breakthrough, first, just after midnight in the coastal desert of Atacama.
In the capital, Santiago, a cacophony of car horns sounded. In the regional capital near Copiapo, including 24 minors hail, the mayor canceled school for parents and children can “watch the rescue in the warmth of home.”
News channels in North America to Europe and the Middle East carried live coverage. Pope Benedict XVI said in Spanish that he “continues with the hope of leaving the goodness of God” the fate of men. Iran’s state Press TV in English followed the events live up to what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hit the ground in Lebanon on his first state visit there.
The images beamed worldwide were extraordinary: grainy images from beneath the earth showed each child to climb into the capsule 13 feet in height before it disappeared up through an opening. Then, a camera showed the pod steadily rising in the dark, smooth-walled tunnel.
After the fifth minor is 19 years of his ascension, Jimmy Sanchez, the youngest and the father of a baby a few months, the rescuers took a break to lubricate the wheels spring that gave the dish a smooth ride to through the shaft, then took over the rescue.
The ninth, Mario Gomez, who at 63 is the oldest child, fell to his knees after being born; his head bowed in prayer and seized the Chilean flag. His wife, Lillian Ramirez, stopped him from the ground and kissed him.
Gomez is the most experienced of the group, the first entry in a mineshaft at work at 12 years old and suffers from silicosis, a lung disease common to minors. He was on antibiotics and medicine for bronchial inflammation. Manalich said Gomez came with a special oxygen mask.
The only foreigner among the miners, Carlos Mamani from Bolivia, was visited a nearby clinic by Pinera and Bolivian President Evo Morales. The minor may be heard in the Chilean president was beautiful how to breathe fresh air and see the stars.
Most men have emerged clean-shaven. The crews had dropped packages called “Paloma, Spanish for the pigeons to get food and medicine to the men during their week underground and in the days before they were sent to rescue razors and cream shave.
The rescue operation was carefully choreographed together, without costs saved by providing first class drillers and equipment – and boring three separate holes in the mine copper and gold.
Mining is vital Chile, providing 40 percent of state revenue, and Pinera put his Minister of Mines and the Chief Operating Officer of Crown corporations Codelco, the country’s largest company, in charge of the rescue.
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