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The First of the Trapped Chilean Miners Reaches The Surface (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 13th 2010 8:00AM
If there's been a more universally compelling human interest story than that the 33 Chilean miners, trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days, it's difficult to recall it.

For the first 17 days of their ordeal, the miners had no idea if anyone would ever find them in their tomb a half mile beneath the surface. Then, once contact was made, they had no idea when they'd be getting out, as nobody was sure how long it would take to reach them.

Florencio Avalos was the first miner to smell fresh air, pulled above ground in a 13-foot long cigar-shaped capsule designed by NASA in collaboration with the Chilean Navy.

In a joyous scene played on 'Nightline' (weeknights 11:35 ET on ABC), and on hundreds of other TV channels around the world, Alvalos emerged to a cheering crowd. Then, in what will surely become one of the iconic images of the rescue, Avalos's young son rushed to give his father a tearful embrace.

It could be up to a day before all 33 miners make the trip back to the surface. Something could still go wrong. But, for now, this amazing ordeal seems headed for an amazingly fortunate conclusion.

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Thanks for writing about this. Something else that's related to the issue is this video I saw on YouTube from the Top Trending Topics channel (not sure you knew but Chilean Miner is a trending topic today). Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKx5YNOnIiA

October 14 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

‎~ the President of Chile is sure getting some great photo-ops out of this, he should have no problem winning the next election .

October 14 2010 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm really happy and relieved that (fingers crossed) everything is going to end well.

Any office pools on how long before the made-for-tv movie? :D

October 13 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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