69 days in a hole
What a day it must have been for the 33 Chilean miners at the San José mine in Copiapo, Chile, when they finally saw the light of day after 69 days trapped 630 m under ground. I have followed the rescue all day on CNN. These men have endured extreme heat, high humidity, anxiety conditions and darkness since the collapse of tons of earth sealed off the mine exits more than two months ago. How lucky these men are to be living in these times and not some decades ago, as they had to rely on numbers of technologies to be kept alive. Drilling straight down all those kilometers must have been tricky business to say the least.
Can’t help thinking of the claustrophobic feeling they must have felt down there, and in the small cage going up, but on the other hand, I would think that miners are well-accustomed to extreme conditions that might make many of us despair.
Today you could follow how this specially built capsule is sent to the deep area and the men are pulled out one by one. The feeling of that any minute being able to breath fresh air and see their love ones must have been extraordinarily amazing. In Chile everything was closed and everybody wanted to watch and give their mental support to the miners. This potential major tragedy became a verified blessing with a miraculous rescue for my Chilean compatriots.
Take a look at these photos: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/10/rescued_from_a_chilean_mine.html?camp=localsearch%3Aon%3Atwit%3Artbutton