[Updated at 3:13 a.m. ET, 4:13 a.m. Chile time] Taiwan announces plans to invite rescued Chile miners for visit.
[Updated at 1:10 a.m. ET, 2:10 a.m. Chile time] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera plans to visit the miners at Copiapo Regional Hospital Thursday morning.
[Updated at 12:35 a.m. ET, 1:35 a.m. Chile time] Here is video of the speech that Chilean President Sebastian Pinera made not long after the final miner was brought to the surface earlier tonight:
[Updated at 12:22 a.m. Thursday ET, 1:22 a.m. Chile time] Check out this gallery, which contains video of all of the 33 miner rescues.
[Updated at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday ET, 12:59 a.m. Thursday Chile time] Earlier today, before rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez talked to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera about mine safety shortly after Gonzalez was the last person to leave the mine, Pinera criticized the mining operation.
Pinera said the mine, which collapsed August 5, "never should have functioned as it was functioning; it had a long history of violations." He added, "I want to announce to the Chilean workers and the employers that we are going to make a new pact in which the life, dignity and protection of workers will be the focus of government concern."
Representatives of the mine owner, the San Esteban Mining Co., have said previously they will collaborate fully with Chilean authorities and the Chilean Congress in their inquiries about what went wrong at the mine.
[Updated at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday ET, 12:39 a.m. Thursday Chile time] After Chilean President Sebastian Pinera greeted and congratulated rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez - the last person to be lifted from the mine - the rescuer told the president something very similar to what the final rescued miner, Luis Urzua, told Pinera earlier tonight.
"Mr. President, I hope this never happens again. I hope Chilean mining will be different; I hope things will be done correctly in [mining]," Gonzalez said, according to a translation from Spanish to English.
Pinera responded that he expects to someday announce new regulations to help protect Chile's workers, not only in mining, but also in other industries.
[Updated at 11:33 p.m. Wednesday ET, 12:33 a.m. Thursday Chile time] And now the rescue operation is done. The capsule has carried rescue worker Manuel Gonzalez – the last person to be lifted from the miners’ refuge – to the surface. He is cheered enthusiastically by fellow rescue workers.
Gonzalez returns about 25 hours after he went into the refuge to help the 33 miners get back to the surface.
[Updated at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday ET, 12:25 a.m. Thursday Chile time] As we wait for the last rescuer to reach the surface, check out this video compiling many of the arrivals of the 33 freed miners over the last 24 hours: