October 13th, 2010
06:04 AM ET

Eight hours of rescue brings eight miners freedom

Editor's note: CNN.com is streaming live from beginning to end the rescue attempts at a Chilean mine where 33 men have been trapped since August 5.  Also, watch live coverage on CNN TV. Click here for full coverage of the Chile mine disaster.

Follow our minute-by-minute updates on the continuing Chile mine rescues here.

 

Claudio Yanez hugs his girlfriend, who proposed to him while he was trapped, after emerging from the rescue chamber.

 

[Updated at 6:02 a.m. ET, 7:02 a.m. Chile time] Claudio Yanez' girlfriend  kissed the mining minister as he arrived at the top of the rescue chamber, becoming the eighth miner to emerge after being underground for more than two months.

Wearing glasses to protect his eyes from the change in light, Yanez ran towards his loved ones and engaged in a long embrace with his wife. He then went to hug his two daughters, the youngest who was crying and rubbing her father's back. He held his daughters as he went and thanked each rescuer one at a time.

[Updated at 5:55 a.m. ET, 6:55 a.m. Chile time] Claudio Yanez, the eighth miner, has arrived at the top of the rescue chamber,
His family, including one of his daughters stood near by with bright smiles on their faces as they awaited his arrival.

 

Claudio Yáñez is put into the rescue chamber.

 

[Updated at 5:44 a.m. ET, 6:44 a.m. Chile time] Claudio Yáñez, 34,  known as "the smoker" by the group because he asked for cigarettes during his time trapped in the mine, is being loaded into the rescue capsule.

The mining minister had sent him a note back saying he would sent nicotine patches instead, but Yáñez insisted cigarettes please be sent down. During his time trapped underground, his longtime girlfriend proposed to him through a letter, and he also begged officials to send down photos of his two daughters.

[Updated at 5:31 a.m. ET, 6:31 a.m. Chile time] The capsule has gone down to bring up Claudio Yáñez, who will be the eighth man put into the rescue chamber.

 

Jose Ojeda proudly waves the Chilean flag as he steps out of the rescue capsule.

 

[Updated at 5:22 a.m. ET, 6:22 a.m. Chile time] Jose Ojeda walked out of the capsule with a broad smile on his face and proudly holding up and waving the Chilean flag. Chants and whistles erupted from the site as he exited.

He then went to his stepdaughter, kissing her on the cheek several times, as tears streamed down her face. As he walked over to thank and hug the miners, some of whom were wiping tears from their face, he kept his arm firmly around his stepdaughter.

Ojeda, known for his short powerful note to the world signaling the miners were okay, served as the secretary of the trapped miners.

[Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET, 6:20 a.m. Chile time] Jose Ojeda, who has been in the mining industry for 27 years, has just reached the top of the rescue tube.

The 46-year-old widower is a diabetic and has had medicine sent down to him in a tube while he has been trapped in the mine. It was his postcard, with a 33 letter message, saying "We are well, the 33 miners," that has become a symbol of the miner's strength.

As his journey through the tunnel reached the final third of the way, signaled by bells at the site, his stepdaughter became emotional, then a smile widening on her face as she waited to see her stepdad.

 

Video from inside the mine shows the seventh man as he is being sent up the rescue chamber.

 

[Updated at 5:02 a.m. ET, 6:02 a.m. Chile time] Video from the mine shows rescuers and the miners chatting,  making jokes and reminding them to have patience as they prepare to load the seventh man, Jose Ojeda, into the rescue capsule.

[Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET, 5:55 a.m. Chile time] Jose Ojeda, the man known for penning the message to the world: "We are well, the 33 miners," is expected to be the seventh man lifted out of the mine. The capsule has just gone back down the tube.

It has been expected that the Chile's mining minister, who had gone to rest, would return to the site after Ojeda's rescue and return that precious message to him.

[Updated at 4:43 a.m. ET, 5:43 a.m. Chile time] Flanked by family members, Mario Sepulveda - the second miner to be rescued - spoke to Chile's national broadcaster TVN Wednesday morning.

Here are parts of his remarks: About his need for privacy: "The only thing I ask [of the public] ... is that we aren't  treated like artists or as reporters. I want to continue to be treated  as Mario Antonio Sepulveda Espinace, worker - a miner."

About his time underground: "I was with God and I was with the Devil. They fought and God won."

About the need for better work conditions: "Things can't stay the way they've been. Many changes must be made."

 

Osman Araya hugs his wife Angelica Ancallpo after exiting the rescue chamber.

 

[Updated at 4:23 a.m. ET] As Osman Araya was taken out of the capsule, the 30-year-old hugged and shook the hands of rescue workers, before heading to greet his wife Angelica Ancallpo. Araya held her in a tight hug as he said "I love you," and gave her several kisses.

As Araya, who has four children, including a one-year-old, was put on a stretcher and taken away he looked at the camera and held both thumbs up.

 

Osman Araya is helped out of the rescue capsule.

 

[Updated at 4:23 a.m. ET] Osman Araya, the sixth miner, has reached the surface and is being taken out of the rescue capsule. His wife Angelica Ancallpo is standing in the crowd, filled with emotion, waiting to embrace her husband.

[Updated at 4:16 a.m. ET] The rescue capsule has reached the mine. Osman Araya, a carrier pigeon handler, is expected to be the next miner headed to the surface.

 

Another rescue worker is loaded into the rescue capsule.

 

[Updated at 4:05 a.m. ET] Crews believe they have resolved the issue with the capsule and are set to send it back down into the mine.

[Updated at 3:45 a.m. ET] Mario Sepulveda, the second miner rescued from underground, praised his rescuers and pushed for better work conditions in Chile. "Things can't stay the way they've been," he said, while sitting beside members of his family. "Many changes must be made."

[Updated at 3:35 a.m. ET] Crews are working on the wheels of the capsule. Rescue attempts are briefly on hold as they work on the capsule.

 

Jimmy Sanchez, the fifth miner rescued from a Chilean mine, gets a big hug from his father.

 

[Updated at 3:25 a.m. ET] A government official says a helicopter believed to be carrying four rescued miners has left the area.

[Updated at 3:15 a.m. ET] Jimmy Sanchez arrives at the surface and receives a hug from his father. The environmental assistant does not like confined spaces and has said he misses his mother's cooking.

[Updated at 2:56 a.m. ET] Rescuers have begun lifting a fifth miner, Jimmy Sanchez, 19, to the surface. Sanchez is the youngest of the 33 miners.

 

The fourth rescued miner, Carlos Mamani, 23, walks away from the capsule that brought him to the surface.

 

[Updated at 2:17 a.m. ET] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera still is at the site, and he greeted the Bolivian miner, Mamani, as he did the three Chilean miners who were rescued before him. Mamani also was greeted by other officials, rescuers and a loved one.

Mamani, like the three who were rescued before him, wore sunglasses that had been sent to the miners' refuge. The miners are being instructed to wear the sunglasses to protect their eyes on the surface, where they will be exposed to more light than they've been used to underground.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has promised to help Mamani after he is rescued.

Twenty-nine miners - all Chilean - remain underground.

[Updated at 2:09 a.m. ET] The fourth rescued miner, Carlos Mamani, 23, has been lifted to the surface.

Mamani, a Bolivian and only non-Chilean in the mine, had been working in the mine for only five days when the collapse happened. His father-in-law told reporters before today's rescue that Mamani decided never to work in a mine again.

[Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET] The rescue capsule has again been lowered to the miners' refuge 2,300 feet below the surface. A fourth miner - Carlos Mamani, a 23-year-old Bolivian, is about to be rescued. Mamani is the only non-Chilean who was trapped in the mine.

We forgot to note that a third rescuer, Patricio Robledo, was lowered to the miners' refuge before the third rescued miner, Juan Illanes, was lifted to the surface. So, three rescue workers are assisting the miners who are awaiting their trip home.

[Updated at 1:26 a.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama sent well wishes to Chile from Washington:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave miners, their families, and the men and women who have been working so hard to rescue them," Obama said. "While that rescue is far from over and difficult work
remains, we pray that by God's grace, the miners will be able to emerge safely and return to their families soon."

 

The third rescued miner, Juan Illanes, smiles early Wednesday as he is wheeled on a gurney to a triage center.

 

[Updated at 1:18 a.m. ET] Illanes, like the other two rescued miners before him, embraced his spouse, Chile's president and others. He smiled as workers cheered him while he was being wheeled on a gurney to the nearby triage center.

While he was underground during the 68-day ordeal, Illanes, an electrical mechanic, became known as someone who liked to sing and was good at it. His letters to his wife displayed humor and optimism.

Thirty miners remain underground.

[Updated at 1:08 a.m. ET] The third rescued miner, Juan Illanes, 52, has been brought to the surface.

[Updated at 1:06 a.m. ET] The father of the first trapped miner pulled to safety after more than two months underground told Chile's TVN he is proud of his son and eagerly awaiting the arrival of a second son, still trapped nearly half a mile beneath the earth.

"I'm very proud of him. Thanks to God he got out and looks good," Alfonso Avalos said about his son, Florencio Avalos, soon after the latter stepped out of a rescue capsule at about 11:13 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The second son, Renan Avalos, 29, remains trapped.

[Updated at 1:03 a.m. ET] We now have video of the second rescued miner, Mario Sepulveda, embracing his wife and Chile's president and celebrating his rescue.

Also, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera praised the rescuers after the first miner, Florencio Avalos, was brought to the surface. "We had promised to look until we found them," he said, speaking outside the mine. "We can all feel proud to be Chilean."

[Updated at 12:49 a.m. ET] The third rescue attempt is under way. Juan Illanes, 52, is aboard the capsule, and it is being lifted to the surface. Again, this should take about 15 minutes.

[Updated at 12:41 a.m. ET] The capsule has been lowered to the miners' refuge again. We're awaiting the rescue of a third miner.

[Updated at 12:23 a.m. ET] A little more about the second rescued miner, Mario Sepulveda: After he exited the rescue capsule, he reached into a large yellow bag and handed out what appeared to be rocks to officials and rescue workers.

Sepulveda cracked jokes in his first moments above ground and led a crowd in a cheer for Chile. As the 40-year-old was hauled away on his stretcher for a medical evaluation, he asked his wife, "How's the dog?"

[Updated at 12:16 a.m. ET] A smiling and jubliant Mario Sepulveda - the second rescued miner - embraced his wife and Chile's president, among many others, upon leaving the rescue capsule.

At one point, he ran to a group of people who had been cordoned off from the immediate rescue area and cheered his rescue with them.

He waved, grinned and pointed to people as he was taken into a nearby triage center for his medical checkup.

[Updated at 12:09 a.m. ET Wednesday] A second miner, Mario Sepulveda, has been lifted out of the rescue shaft.

 

The wife (left) of the second rescued miner, Mario Sepulveda, waits with Chile

 

[Updated at 11:58 p.m. ET] The wife of Mario Sepulveda - who is in the process of being the second miner to be rescued - is being escorted to the area where the rescue capsule will surface.

[Updated at 11:55 p.m. ET] The rescue of the second miner has begun. The rescue capsule, carrying miner Mario Sepulveda, 40, is being lifted to the surface.

If the first rescue is any indication, it may take a little more than 15 minutes to bring Sepulveda up.

[Updated at 11:52 p.m. ET] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who is at the rescue site on the surface, reacts to the safe rescue of the first of 33 miners: "We had promised to look until we found them. We can all feel proud to be Chilean."

[Updated at 11:45 p.m. ET] The capsule - carrying rescuer Roberto Rios - has been lowered into the miners' refuge. Rios is now the second rescuer in the refuge, where 32 miners still are waiting for their trip to the surface. The first rescued miner - Florencio Avalos - was brought to the surface more than a half-hour ago.

Video of Avalos' arrival on the surface - and the greeting that his wife, Chile's president and others gave him - is now available.

 

Rescued miner Florencio Avalos, 31, hugs his wife at about 11:13 p.m. ET, moments after leaving the capsule that brought him to the surface.

 

[Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET] Forget about waiting to be examined at the triage center before greeting family members. When rescued miner Florencio Avalos left the capsule more than 15 minutes ago, his wife was among those who embraced him before he was stretchered away.

Avalos served as a cameraman during his time in the refuge, filming videos of the miners to be sent up to rescuers and relatives at the surface. His brother, Renan Avalos, is among the 32 miners still in the mine.

[Updated at 11:28 p.m. ET] The descent of the second rescuer, Roberto Rios, has begun, 17 minutes after the first miner, Florencio Avalos, was rescued.

 

People in Copiapo, Chile, react to the rescue of Florencio Avalos.

 

[Updated at 11:24 p.m. ET] With one miner out and 32 to go, a second rescuer, Roberto Rios, will be lowered into the miners' refuge. Workers are helping Rios into the capsule - which can carry only one person at a time - right now.

Rios presumably will help the rescuer who already is in the refuge, Manuel Gonzalez, assess the remaining miners and manage the rest of the rescue process.

[Updated at 11:13 p.m. ET] Rescuers clap and cheer as the first miner to be rescued, Florencio Avalos, 31, leaves the capsule and steps onto the surface for the first time in about 68 days. After hugging several people, he is put on a stretcher and wheeled into a nearby triage center.

[Updated at 11:11 p.m. ET] The first of 33 miners who were trapped in the mine more than two months ago has been rescued.

The rescue capsule carrying Florencio Avalos reached the surface about 16 minutes after the ascent from the miners' refuge 2,300 feet below the surface began. Avalos is the first miner to be rescued.

 

The capsule -- carrying rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez -- arrives in the miners

 

[Updated at 10:55 p.m. ET] The first attempt to bring up one of the 33 trapped miners has begun. The capsule - carrying 31-year-old Florencio Avalos - is being lifted to the surface. The trip may take less than 15 minutes.

[Updated at 10:53 p.m. ET] The first miner - believed to be 31-year-old Florencio Avalos - is in the capsule. We're waiting for the lifting to begin.

[Updated at 10:47 p.m. ET] We're still waiting for the first miner to be lifted up in the capsule, which entered the miners' refuge along with a rescue worker about 12 minutes ago. Here's what will happen to the miners once they are lifted out one-by-one, according to CNN's Gary Tuchman:

As a miner is being taken to the surface, his family will be waiting in a tent near the rescue site on the surface. When the capsule reaches the surface, the miner will be taken to a temporary triage center so medical personnel can check him. Then, both the miner and his family will be taken to a nearby building for a brief reunion. After the reunion, the miner will be flown by helicopter to a medical center.

[Updated at 10:38 p.m. ET] Some of the trapped miners hugged rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez after he exited the capsule that took down him 2,300 feet from the surface to the miners' refuge, video from inside the refuge shows.

Gonzalez is now talking to the miners. One of the miners - expected to be 31-year-old Florencio Avalos - will soon be put inside the capsule so he can be lifted out.

[Updated at 10:36 p.m. ET] The capsule carrying rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez has reached the miners' refuge, video from inside the mine shows. His descent took 17 minutes.

[Updated at 10:19 p.m. ET] The capsule - with rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez inside - has been lowered into the rescue shaft. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and rescuers clapped and wished Gonzalez good luck as his journey began.

The plan is to lower Gonzalez into the miners' refuge, about 2,300 feet below the surface, and then have him prepare one of the 33 trapped miners to be raised to the surface.

Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne has said he hoped at least one miner will be brought to the surface by midnight local time, which would be 11 p.m. ET.

To get an idea of the path that the 924-pound rescue capsule will take, check out this interactive graphic, which also includes information about each of the 33 trapped miners. It will be updated throughout the rescue to reflect which miners have been lifted to the surface.

[Updated at 10:12 p.m. ET] Rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez has been entering and exiting the capsule and making adjustments inside as preparations to lower him into the rescue shaft appear to be under way. Chile's president was seen speaking to him shortly before these preparations began.

[Updated at 10:07 p.m. ET] Repairs appear to have been made to the rescue capsule after its access door was damaged during a test run, and another test appears to be under way. In fact, the capsule already is being taken back out of the rescue shaft.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has gone to the area of the rescue shaft, possibly indicating that a rescuer will be lowered into the capsule soon, CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.

 

The unoccupied capsule is lowered into the rescue shaft shortly after 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday as part of final testing.

 

[Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET] A rescue official has told Chilean state TV that the capsule's access door was damaged during a test in which the capsule was lowered into the rescue shaft.

"There was some small damage to the access door, which is what they are fixing right now," Jorge Sougarret told TVN. "Now they will regulate the tension so they can give the wheel more tension, and obviously solve the issue with the door."

[Updated at 9:39 p.m. ET] Thousands of Chileans have gathered in the town square of Copiapo, Chile, not far from the mine, to watch live video of the rescue efforts on an enormous projection screen, CNN's Sean O'Key reports.

[Updated at 9:23 p.m. ET] Here is video of the capsule being lowered into the rescue shaft as part of the final test before the miners' rescue begins. As noted below, the test began at 8:33 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 9:12 p.m. ET] TVN, Chilean state TV, has released the preliminary order in which the miners will be lifted to the surface. The order will be finalized when rescuers are lowered into the refuge. The preliminary order, according to TVN, is as follows:

1) Florencio Avalos, 31, who recorded the videos - sent up to the surface - that showed the world what conditions inside the mine have been like; 2) Mario Sepulveda, 40, who has served as a narrator in the videos; 3) Juan Illanes, 52, an electrical mechanic; 4) Carlos Mamani, 23, a Bolivian and the only non-Chilean in the mine; 5) Jimmy Sanchez, 19, the youngest in the mine; 6) Osman Araya, 30; 7) Jose Ojeda; No. 8, Claudio Yanez, 34; 9) Mario Gómez, 63, the oldest in the mine; 10) Alex Vega, 31; 11) Jorge Galleguillos, 56; 12) Edison Pena, 34; 13) Carlos Barrios, 27; 14) Victor Zamora, 33; 15) Victor Segovia, 48; 16) Daniel Herrera, 27; 17) Omar Reygadas, 56; 18) Esteban Rojas, 44; 19) Pablo Rojas, 45; 20) Dario Segovia, 48; 21) Yonni Barrios, 50; 22) Samuel Avalos, 43; 23) Carlos Bugueno, 27; 24) Jose Henriquez, 54; 25) Renan Avalos, 29; 26) Claudio Acuna; 27) Franklin Lobos, 53; 28) Richard Villarroel, 27; 29) Juan Carlos Aguilar, 49; 30) Raúl Bustos, 40; 31) Pedro Cortez, 25; 32) Ariel Ticona, 29; 33) Luis Urzua, 54, a shift foreman whose voice rescuers first heard when voice contact was made.

 

The unoccupied capsule is lowered into the rescue shaft at 8:33 p.m. ET Tuesday as part of final testing.

 

[Updated at 8:33 p.m. ET] The capsule has been lowered - unoccupied - into the rescue shaft as part of final tests before the miners' rescue begins.

After the tests, the capsule will lower rescue personnel to the miners' refuge about 2,300 feet below the surface, one at a time. Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne has said he hopes at least one miner will be brought to the surface by the end of the day.

[Updated at 8:24 p.m. ET] The capsule is dangling above the rescue shaft, and we're awaiting word on when a rescuer will be lowered into the miners' refuge. Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne had said tests would be done before the rescue effort will begin.

[Updated at 8:14 p.m. ET] Less than an hour to go before rescuers may begin lowering fellow rescuers to the miners' refuge via the capsule that will be used to lift the miners to the surface, according to a timeline given earlier by Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne.

To get an idea of the path that the rescue capsule will take between the surface and the miners' refuge, check out this interactive graphic, which also includes information about each of the 33 trapped miners. It will be updated throughout the rescue to reflect which miners have been lifted to the surface.

Also, this video shows the inside of the capsule and some of the preparations that rescuers were making earlier today.

 

The rescue capsule was put upright at about 7:50 p.m. ET Tuesday. Some rescuers are expected to be lowered to the miners

 

[Updated at 7:42 p.m. ET] At least another 80 minutes to go before rescuers may start to lower the rescue capsule to the miners, according to a timeline given earlier by Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Golborne.

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the health risks that the miners face during and after their rescue, including issues such as the condition of their lungs and changes in pressure.

[Updated at 7:31 p.m. ET] CNN's Brian Todd tells us about Florencio Avalos, who is expected to be the first miner who will be brought to the surface:

[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] Tests will begin at the San Jose mine in Chile using the rescue capsule before the actual rescue, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said. He estimated it would be at least two hours before the rescue effort starts.

[Updated at 7:01 p.m. ET] It will be at least another two hours before rescuers will lower the capsule half a mile below the ground to the miners, Chilean authorities say. Meanwhile, the first four miners to be rescued have been identified, according to CNN Chile: Florencio Avalos, Mario Sepulveda, Carlos Mamani and Juan Illanes.

[Updated at 6:41 p.m. ET] A mining rescuer will be the first person to descend, followed by a medical specialist, officials say.

Meanwhile, a UCLA emergency has talked to CNN about medical challenges that the miners could face during and after their rescue.

[Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET] The miner who recorded the daily activities of the trapped miners in Chile will be the first one rescued, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says. The world will be watching as Florencio Avalos, 31, is extracted from the San Jose mine after 68 days of captivity, together with 32 others.

[Updated at 6:07 p.m. ET] The first member of the rescue team is expected to be lowered into the shaft around 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. local time. A team of paramedics and rescuers will go down first to assess the situation.

Each miner will be hauled up in a capsule wearing an oxygen mask for the 2,000 feet ascent, which is expected to take around 15 minutes per person.

 

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks to reporters Tuesday at the San Jose mine.

 

[Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET] President Sebastian Pinera arrives at the San Jose mine site Tuesday afternoon and tours the area before the start of the rescue.

"Today's the end of a long journey," Pinera said. "This story started as a possible tragedy, and we hope that it ends as a blessing."

Chile is a country that reacts well to adversity, the president said, addressing the crowd of international media that has gathered for the event.

Even so, he noted that the miners would not be the same once they emerged, just as the ordeal has had a profound effect on Chile.

 

Chilean rescue workers will be using this chamber to try and bring each miner up to the surface.

 

[Posted at 4:00 p.m. ET] After 68 days trapped underground in a mine in Chile, workers are prepared to begin rescuing the first of the 33 men.

Earlier in the day the concrete base built for the winch system at the San Jose Mine has hardened, paving the way for the rescue of the miners to start tonight, Mining Minister Laurence Golborne said.

The winch that will pull the trapper miners out in Chile will extract them at .7 meters (2.3 feet) per second, Health Minister Jaime Malanich said. In case of emergency, the speed of ascension can be increased to 3 meters (9.8 feet) per second.

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  1. Harold Coghlan

    I am very proud of the country of Chile, in that they have demonstrated an excellent level of organization in setting up this mine rescue, with not just one option, but rather three plans (Plan A, B, and C). We hope and pray that all goes well with the delicate rescue while extricating the 33 miners, and feel that congratulations are due to chile's President Pinera for his calm and deliberate handling of this situation, while still recovering from the February 27 massive earthquake.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • whacker

      Can we please, just this once, not make this about Obama or the problems America is facing!? Can we just focus on these miners and their story?

      October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I could not agree more with you Harold. I applaud Chile in their efforts and am praying everyone gets out okay.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      @ratkartz

      You should hurry and move there so you can vote for him in the next election...I am sure you won't complain about anything there!

      October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • dd

      Cannot agree more. I knew very little about Chille, but this time, the constant stream of news about the miners tuned me to the country. It seems that they have been united to save these miners whole-heartedly, and Chileans deserve to be proud of this event. Until the last man is rescued, my mind and prayer is with the miners and all chileans.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacques

      @ratkartz You are truly an imbecile!! Can you Tparty sorts not encounter anything without including your extremely myopic view/agenda. I hope all goes well for these men during the rescue and after. This has nothing to do with your moronic view of american politics.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nojo

      @ Marc...couldn't agree more.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomLovesGod

      I agree Harold! God Bless those men and their familes, praying that all goes smooth and that they are reunited with their families really soon.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      Whacker, if it isn't the pot calling the kettle black.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kavitha Jayapal

      Life is such a humbling experience !! This will be a second life for all the miners who are rescued. God bless everyone !

      October 13, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott McIsaac, Perth Ontario

      My parents remember where they were when JFK was shot.
      I remember where I was when the Challenger exploded.
      I remember where I was when 9/11 happened.
      I remember where I was when the Chilean mine rescue survivors were brought to the surface!

      I am glad I have a GREAT memory of countries coming together!
      Let's keep up the good work! Let's work together globally !!!!

      October 13, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • LindaG. - Texas

      It is absolutely amazing as to what can be accomplished for the benefit of humanity when people from many countries work together. Wouldn't this world be a wonderful place if we could all work together like this in our everyday interactions. There wouldn't be anything we couldn't accomplish. I guess that's why it is so hard for me to understand why we, as civilized people, continually choose to use our wonderful gifts to tear each other down. My best wishes to these men and their families and my hats off to all those that worked so diligently to bring these men home.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • BLUBLUWATER8

      Praise GOD for these rescues and everyone involved with them. My prayers are with these men their families and I pray the rescue continues until everyone is safe above ground.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well said.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
    • supremeamerican

      It is a good day.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I'v done more time in smaller living quarters, with no smokes, crappy food, only artificial light, and by myself for 77 days, just think about the guys in prison yo... just think... just think... If i'm ever going to wind up in prison I'd rather be dead. I'v heard so many professional studies saying that jail and prison time is what is causing inmates to re-offend... FACT prison is to harsh on the human body and psyche...

      October 13, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • wvcoalminerswife21

      Bein from southern west virginia && apart of the ubb disaster, my family & i are soo happy to hear about all this good news && just know that we are all (WV coalminers & families) are praying for all the miners & families!

      October 13, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Paapa Danquah

      sitting in my room in Accra Ghana watching these guys pop out from the ground one after the other and sharing the emotions that swelled my heart with all those thousnads of miles in chile reprsents the humanity of all people all over the world... we indeed share a humanity, never mind where you come from... when we see something good, we the people of the world know it... congratulations to the chilian government

      October 13, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I feel for all of these miners and there families, and the amazing rescue that is taking place!! Please keep the racist and bad comments out of this blog, as this is a very, very joyous occasion, as the lives of many are being saved. This in part holds a very special place in my heart, as my son is adopted and he is from Santiago. Being an American, the people of Chile are very warm, kind and loving. May they all have a very joyous and healthy recovery!!

      October 13, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      As much of a tragic episode this must be for the families and individuals...I love these moments that bring us all together to remind us we are all together in this world and need each other. Times like these, in the moment we forget our politics, and propaganda, and biases.. how it should be

      October 13, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Vera

      Nada é impossivel. Viva os mineiros de Copiago! Parabens a todos e ao Chile.

      October 13, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • hardy

      hey man,
      just curious, how did they come up with the order of rescuee ????

      October 13, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      on the TV they are showing 14 Down, 19 to go.........shouldn't it be 14 up , 19 to go?

      October 13, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • J. Grubbs

      The tears of joy and anticipation with each miner's emergance from the mine that held them for so long is just overwhelming. The focus of the world efforts for THE GOOD of these miners is just a huge validation of the feats that we can accomplish as a world community. BRAVO to the Chilean government and the world for making this rescue possible. The world is smiling.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • twister

      Can't wait for the movie – and the book(s).

      October 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie Heil

      I have been watching this since the beginning. My father was a coal miner who was caught in a few cave ins or slides. God bless these guys who do this for a living. And God bless these rescue workers and all who beautifully organized this effort. I am so touched to see that when something like this happens, it just proves that underneath all the politics, human compassion is always prevailant.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra Koob

      Sorry Harold, but I must interject something here. DEAR CNN... PLEASE PUT THE RESCUE BACK ON THE TV. I am NOT interested in a debate. I have been up since midnight watching every miner pulled up. 3 left to go and you cut us off? No, I cannot watch it on my computer as I am dial up as most poor people or miners in the hills only have access to. I can't believe you cant replay the debate at a later hour!!!!!!! PUT THE MINERS BACK ON TV!

      October 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra Koob

      THANK YOU LIVE FOX NEWS FOR A SPLIT SCREEN OF THE RESCUE!!! I know where to go when something IMPORTANT is happening.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jacqui

    I have been very impressed with Chile as well. They have really taken care of these miners. I hope and pray for a perfect rescue effort and for all of these men to be reunited with family soon.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Brian Todd reporting for CNN is an IDIOT for not knowing that the first miners up are the toughest, who can report any problems back to the team. The SECOND wave are the ones with medical issues. THEN the rest. FIRE THIS GUY. SHEESH.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      Amazing–!!! I hope this rescue goes well and they are united with their families soon!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • VERTX

      Amazing that nobody is thinking about the last person who will be alone for one hour at bottom and also alone to close the shuttle door before going up ? It means a big mental ! So I think that the last one will not be a miner but more like a rescuer who came down...

      October 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. jryan

    Can't imagine what has gone through their minds over the months. You'd have to take me straight from the mine to a psychiatrist. I'm happy for all.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TexasHoss

    If something were to happen could they not just drop a rope down, I am not trying to be a smarty. If the capsule were to mess up I wonder if that is a option. I know nothing about Chile or these men other than this story, but I hope it all goes well.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      A rope – Seriously? It's 2000 feet – the equivilent of 200 story building.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      I think the Chilean navy engineers developed the rescue capsules. In the event of a problem the capsule is designed to separate so that the person inside can be lowered by cable to the mine floor and the top of the capsule presumably can be recovered upwards. Naturally there are some failure modes that such a design may not accommodate but there seems to be some professional engineering in this. At this point (as a consultant for the Chilean government) I am tempted to say ¡ Fuerza Chile !

      October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      It's more than a half mile down thru a hole barely 20" in diameter

      October 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexasHoss

      I know it is a stupid idea,just wondered if that was a option. It would suck to get this far and something happen. But I agree not a logical approach.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Barak

      I'm no expert by any means, but I'm guessing that the weight of the rope plus the weight of the miner might be enough on its own to break the rope. The weight of the rope builds up, but the strength doesn't increase as it gets longer. Any engineers around that can, no pun intended, shed some light on that?

      October 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • A dude

      There are three rescue efforts going on. This is just the first one ready to go. If it doesn't work, they will rev up the other two up. It's not like they would have to start over.

      But, this one was planned very carefully. I believe it will work.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • lvanboven

      @ TexasHoss – Probably not the best solution, but I'd rather have a rope if that was my last option! Two hundred stories is a long ways, but knowing that family and freedom is waiting at the end would work for me!

      October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leaf

    After we get them out we need to fill the Caves with anyone involved with Drug Cartels. Especially in mexico.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Castro

      Fill it up with stupid drug consumers that fuel the war.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paola

      AMEN!

      October 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomLovesGod

      That's halarious! I agree!!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lvanboven

      And then fill it with concrete so we know that they'll stay in there!

      October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ko

      awwww that's nothing related to drugs! are you lost? find your way! boooooooo and booooooo and booo

      October 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aj

      I volunteer Paris and Lindsay...

      October 13, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ma.Gracia Castro

    Q Dios los proteja a todos en este milagroso rescate, mis bendiciones y oraciones desde aca en Ecuador...Vamos q falta poco!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ko

      arriba ! eso es todo !!!

      October 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Bober

    I think they should send some music with the capsule when they are coming to the top like an elevator. Hearing music will comfort them when they are in a tube for 15 minutes!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqui

      Great idea!! Send an ipod down to them!

      October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexasHoss

      That is a good Idea, maybe some Bon Jovi, "on a steal horse I ride".

      October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Right. Elevator music.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • whacker

      I hope the idea of freedom and family will be their ultimate comfort.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trudy

      I think that is a BRILLIANT idea. Anything to help them breath in a natural rhythm and take their minds off the noise of assending up through a half a mile long rabbit hole. I pray they all arrive safely to the top without complications.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Barak

      That's actually a pretty good idea! The only thing I'm not sure about is if every miner will be in contact with the surface by radio or something. Music might interfere with that. I know the first few miners up are more technically skilled so they can help if there's a problem, so I'm assuming that means they'll be in some sort of communication with rescuers.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foxy Bear

      Richard that's a very good idea. They have such a close spot to be closed up in for 15-16 mins by themselves they should've put some kind of music in the capsule and in the mine.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. JUNIOR

    Saludos Desde Matamoros Tamp. Mexico
    Estamos Con Ustedes

    October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Xiaolong

    I believe the Phoenix Capsule should contain images of both Chilean and American flags on it since it was designed through a joint collaboration of NASA engineers and the Chilean navy. I only see Chile's flag on it.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksubr

      Really, Xialong? That is your concern?

      October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      the l rescue chamber ain't rocket science. They are used all over the world.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      Actually, you can blame NASA for all of the over precautions. For example, making them were protective sun glasses even when they are coming up at night. And, even wearing pressurized socks! I realize that you can't be too safe, but there is a point of being over pre-cautious to were it affects the outcome.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenner

      No flags on the capsule, only the colors of the Chilean flag, red, blue and white, same color of US flag. In any way, the capsule was designed and built only by Chilean Navy. Nasa is helping with other issues.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • doubled

      Why not just be happy that you could help rather than run around beating your chest saying "look at me, look what I did!!"?

      October 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren Eckels

      If it makes you feel better, Xiaolong, MSNBC showed an American flag flying at the site. While NASA has offered its expertise, this is a Chilean story. The rest of us only get to watch, pray and, hopefully, shame our own governments into improving mine safety.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xiaolong

      No, my main concern is like everybody elses. To get them out asap and rescue them. I'm just saying, the U.S. did help with this capsule (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/12/phoenix-rescue-capsule-save-chilean-miners/) and there is only the Chilean flag on it. It's just something I noticed.
      Like many people, I have been praying for these guys and can't wait to get them all out. NASA played a large role in their survival so a little praise for the U.S.A. is well deserved for any anti-americans out there.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arden

      Um no I don't think we need an American flag on that thing thanks all the same!

      October 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rigo from chile

      jajajaa the design was German Eberhard Au and after a mine rescue Dahlbusch. he wanted the American flag

      October 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Link

      Who cares is the capsule has an American, Chinese, or Chile flag. This moment is not about who built the capsule it is about saving life. Idiot

      October 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lina California

    Amazing grace from Chilean people, very impressed and wish the best outcome!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Mr. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, I salutes you Mr. President. Thank you for spending so much time and cooperation to do this rescue operation. To all the Chilean people, rescuers with the help of NASA to have this great ideas, God Bless you all. And to all the Chilean mining survivors congratulations… Greetings from Philippines

      October 13, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lauren

    They will have on a two way radio headset and be talking to the rescuers during the whole trip to the top so they're not "alone" in the capsule.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mauricio

      Yeah, Wilson. You should be buried alive as well for 3 months , just as a practical joke..

      October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    Good Luck guys, hopefully the miner's (who haven't been getting paid because the company is both morally and financially bankrupt) band together and sell the film rights for big $$$$$.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest273

      They have been getting paid. An article a few weeks ago said they were. I don't know where you heard that, but you are wrong. That is about the only thing that company who owned the mine is doing right now. They are playing no part in this rescue.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • a different Kathy

      @Guest273: I know where Alex got that news, it was all over CNN a month or so ago. It was reported that the mining company was going bankrupt and there wouldn't be any monetary compensation for the miners. Apparently that's changed, but if you had been following the story, you wouldn't be so quick to judge Alex.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carla

    its a blessing and i hope for the best for the miners.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. angela

    Thank God they're all alive.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      You're kind of late coming to the party eh?

      October 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA BIGGER HAMMER

      YOU thank God

      I thank the human spirit.

      /shakes head ...I think we have enough pain in this world to thank "God" for, don't you?

      October 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Johanna

    Goddess bless them all!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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