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Old 10-13-2010, 09:43 PM   #61
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And the rescue took only two months instead of the original four expected. Kudos to the above ground engineers, too.

From an 8/23/2010 article:

Chilean Miners Found Alive but Could Be Trapped Till Christmas
Yeah, when I first heard about this I thought they were going to be underground much longer. Thank God they figured out how to get them out so much sooner!
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4 rescuers up, 2 to go. I hope they show the ascent of the last rescuer. Spanish TV stations have quit broadcasting mine coverage, but maybe they'll pick it back up during the 10pm CT newshour.
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4 rescuers up, 2 to go. I hope they show the ascent of the last rescuer. Spanish TV stations have quit broadcasting mine coverage, but maybe they'll pick it back up during the 10pm CT newshour.
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The 2nd to last rescuer is in the tube making his ascent. I'd hate to be the guy left alone. Perhaps he has TV connection with the surface to help him out.
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I'd hate to be the guy left alone. Perhaps he has TV connection with the surface to help him out.
If not, I'll bet it is very, very quiet down there...
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I see now that he has a telephone link. He is chatting up a storm with people up top.
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It's live on CNN now. He's talking to the surface and you can see his silhouette while he awaits the capsule to arrive.

Now why did they decide first rescuer down was last one up? I guess the most experienced?

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Today is 10/13/10. Add those numbers and you get 33, the same number of miners rescued.

Coincidence?
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Here comes el ultimo!

And he's out 12:30 AM!
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It has been amazing watching this throughout the day. I just got home after my investment club meeting and find all the miners are out and most of the rescuers. Wow reality tv at its best.
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Wow! Mission accomplished! Congratulations to the rescue team and all the folks who made the rescue possible.

All amazing. Here's just one great story out of many: Driller from Denver becomes Chile mine rescue hero - Yahoo! News
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Kudos Chile! Strong leadership and unity make such a big difference in the outcome of a crisis!
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OK, so after the news cameras all disappear, the question is whether or not mine safety conditions will be improved and these guys' ordeal will make a lasting contribution, or was it all just a great opportunity for news fodder, political pandering and a world group hug. Let's meet back here in a year and see.
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Today happens to be the 23rd anniversary of another event in which someone was trapped in an underground area for a while. "Baby Jessica" McClure fell into a small well in Texas on October 14th, 1987, and the coverage of her rescue turned into a media circus, especially for the fairly new cable TV network, CNN.

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McClure was trapped for only a few days but I recall similar joy as I watched the coverage on TV during her rescue. She is nearly 25 years old, is married, and has a son. Her two main rescuers have not done so well. One committed suicide and the other is in jail. I hope the Chilean mine rescuers don't end up like McClure's rescuers.
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What was the significance of that phone that one of the miners displayed?
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Chilean Oprah equivalency? You get a phone! and You get a phone! And You get a phone! All our trapped miners get a phone today!
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Made in Chile. They made it at the camp to enable communication as soon as the first hole was opened.
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It was all so very awesome to see! I cried every time they came out of the capsule to greet their families.

The Chilean president was just fantastic, especially when the final miner was rescued. A win for the country and the world!

We watched the final few come up at our local Mexican restaurant last night (we don't have a TV at home) and so got to watch on Spanish language TV, with our bartender and waitress translating for us. Very moving, especially when the final miner and the President sang together.

I thought later--what if we could squeeze our US Congress into that hole...would any of them survive? Would we want them to?
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Good general article here. Chile's textbook mine rescue brings global respect - Yahoo! News

Has anyone seen an article about the technical aspects of the geology, drilling, and/or the rescue rigging?

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