October 13th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Midway through Chile rescue: 17 miners reach 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 second half of the Chile mine rescues here.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET, 2:13 p.m. Chile time] The capsule has been sent back down the rescue chamber and Esteban Rojas is expected to be the next man lifted out of the mine.

Chile's mining minister Laurence Golborne briefs the press midway through the rescue efforts.

[Updated at 12:54 p.m. ET, 1:54 p.m. Chile time] Chile's mining minister Laurence Golborne said they have to do some maintenance on the door because of wear and tear from sending it up and down - but there are no major problems with the rescue capsule.

"It is difficult to open and close but it is still working," he said, adding that he expects the capsule to be sent down for the next miner shortly.

Golborne praised all of the work that had been done so far to rescue the seventeen miners - faster than anticipated.

"We are already half way through," he said. "We haven't had any single incident within this rescue process."

Golborne said that there are five rescue workers currently down in the mine - and one more will be sent down in the next few hours. They will decide who that will be soon, he said.

He added he hoped the entire rescue mission would be completed by the end of the day. The plan is for the rest of the miners to be brought up one-by-one, followed by the rescue workers. The sixth worker, who hasn't yet been sent down, will be the final one to be brought up, Golborne said.

"Up until now we feel really satisfied with the teamwork," Golborne said.

Still, Golborne said, "We won't be fully satisfied" everyone is rescued.

[Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET, 1:43 p.m. Chile time] The rescue capsule is still sitting above ground and hasn't been sent back down the chamber for the next miner, but we haven't heard if there's an official reason as to why.

We can see rescue workers and engineers fiddling with the door to the chamber, having someone go inside, and working on closing it. It is unclear if there has been any problem, or if it is just time for some scheduled maintenance to reinforce the door.  Either way, this turnaround has taken a bit longer than earlier.

Omar Reygadas knelt in prayer with his brother after being rescued.

[Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET, 1:39 p.m. Chile time] Omar Reygadas exited the rescue capsule with a wide smile to the tune of cheers from rescue workers and his brother and family.

He was donning a blue hard hat with the word "Vive," meaning "live," scribbled on it.

Reygadas then knelt to the ground and prayed as he raised a bible in hand towards the sky. As he was being taken away on a  stretcher for medical examination he raised and waved a flag with his name on it.

[Updated at 12:37 p.m. ET, 1:37 p.m. Chile time] 56-year-old Omar Reygadas has emerged as the seventeenth miner to be rescued from the Chilean mine.

As Reygadas made the ascent in the rescue chamber his brother stood nearby videotaping the efforts and messages of praise and congratulations from rescue workers.

Reygadas was originally a bulldozer operator, but following the mine collapse he has taken on duties as the foreman of one of the work shifts.

During his time trapped underground his children have kept a journal of their life above ground - something we're sure he's likely to want to read as he catches up and reunites with his family after more than two months.

[Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET, 1:10 p.m. Chile time] President Barack Obama watched television news coverage of the operation to rescue miners in Chile on Tuesday night and saw it as a "tremendously inspirational story," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

[Updated at 11:57 a.m. ET, 12:57 p.m. Chile time] The rescue capsule has been sent back down to the mine. 56-year-old Omar Reygadas is expected to be the next miner to make his journey to freedom.

[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET, 12:52 p.m. Chile time] We are about at the midpoint of the rescues in Chile. So far sixteen miners have been rescued and 17 remain underground awaiting their ride up to freedom along with a few rescue workers who will exit last.

If you're just catching up, or want to take a look back, here are some of the highlights of what's transpired during the rescues and the miners' reactions from the first 13 hours and 30 minutes of the rescue.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET, 12:50 p.m. Chile time] After exiting the rescue capsule Daniel Herrera and workers erupted into a Chile chant. He then went directly to hug and kiss his mother Alicia Campos.

He cried as workers clapped for him as he was escorted to be checked out by doctors.

Daniel Herrera hugs his mother Alicia Campos.

[Updated at 11:48 a.m. ET, 12:48 p.m. Chile time] Daniel Herrera, 27, is the sixteenth miner to be rescued from the underground mine near San Jose.

His mother, Alicia Campos, had been hugging rescue workers as she waited for her son to make the long trip. She wiped tears from behind her sunglasses and clapped as the rescue chamber came up from underground.

Herrera started his work as a truck driver, but is now acting as a paramedic assistant, taking on some medical duties in the mine since the collapse.

[Updated at 11:12 a.m. ET, 12:12 a.m. Chile time] It appears another rescue worker has been sent down in the rescue chamber. Unless a different rescue worker will be swapped out, the next person expected to make the journey up is 27-year-old Daniel Herrera.

Victor Segovia embraces a family member after exiting the rescue capsule.

[Updated at 11:02 a.m. ET, 12:02 a.m. Chile time] Victor Segovia has emerged from the underground mine as the fifteenth man to be rescued.

Segovia gave a thumbs up and hugged a family member before repeatedly saying thank you to Chile's president for their determination to help rescue them.

"Congratulations and may God be with you," Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said.

Segovia then hugged and said thank you to Bolivia's president and walked around to thank all of the rescue workers.

The 48-year-old, who has been dubbed the "writer" of the group,  kept a journal of his experiences while trapped in the mine for more than two months. Those updates, and separate notes, helped let rescuers above ground stay informed about the surroundings in the mine and the miners conditions - both physically and emotionally.

He has five children and has worked as a miner since before he was 18.

[Updated at 10:55 a.m. ET, 11:50 a.m. Chile time] Family reunions are continuing to happen for the already-rescued miners. Video inside a building where the families are waiting to meet the miners shows several family members in tears embracing their loved ones - some shaking their heads and holding on so tight as if they won't ever let go again.

[Updated at 10:48 a.m. ET, 11:48 a.m. Chile time] Victor Segovia is headed into the rescue capsule. This will be what the view looks like for him on the way up:

[Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET, 11:40 a.m. Chile time] The rescue capsule is now being sent down to retrieve the fifteenth miner - expected to be Victor Segovia.

An emotional Victor Zamora hugs Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

[Updated at 10:36 a.m. ET, 11:36 a.m. Chile time] Victor Zamora emerged from the capsule to cheers from the crowd. His wife continued to wipe tears from her face as he was unhooked from the harnesses.

He then kissed his wife and hugged her for a lengthy time, holding on tight and rubbing her back and hair. Zamora then blew a kiss to the crowd before being taken for medical evaluation.

While he was on the stretcher he reached up to hug Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who grasped his hand and offered him words of hope, telling him he could now go back and enjoy life with his family. Zamora, his lip quivering as he spoke to the president, wiped tears from his face over his sunglasses. Bolivian President Evo Morales offered the same thanks and congratulations.

Victor Zamora hugs his wife after being rescued.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET, 11:28 a.m. Chile time] Victor Zamora, the fourteenth miner, has just emerged from the rescue capsule.

Jessica Cortez, his wife, and their child stood nearby tearful, but with wide smiles on their face as they waited for him to emerge. A rescue worker reached down and swapped hard hats with Zamora's son as he was being pulled to the surface.

Cortez put her hand over her mouth and tears began to stream down her face at the sight of her husband.

Zamora followed after his close friend Carlos Barrios who was rescued about 40 minutes ago. Zamora, 33, is a carrier pigeon handler and poet. Zamora didn't spend too much time regularly inside the mine, working mostly as a vehicle mechanic.

He and his wife Jessica Cortez are expecting a daughter in a few months and they now plan to name the baby Paz Victoria, meaning Peace Victory, if it is a girl. He and his wife moved to the mine after he lost his job when an earthquake in Talcahuano destroyed the area.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, left, and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera tell the media about their interactions with the miners.

[Updated at 10:18 a.m. ET, 11:18 a.m. Chile time] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said each rescue is taking about 40 minutes and they are able to rescue about three miners every two hours. That means, Pinera said, if no other problems come up the rescues could end in about seven or eight hours - much earlier than anticipated.

Pinera said he has taken the time and spoken to each of the already-rescued miners

"They told us the first five days were really anxious-ridden, they didn't know what was happening on the surface," Pinera said. "But when they heard the drilling, they realized the country had not abandoned them."

Pinera said the miners told him that noise alone gave them a sense of release - and when contact was made for the first time, the miners knew for sure the country was behind them.

He added that many relayed the experience of being stuck underground had changed all of their lives and for many it gave "a new meaning to their life."

[Updated at 10:11 a.m. ET, 11:11 a.m. Chile time] Bolivian President Evo Morales and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera are holding a press conference near the site of the mine.

Morales said he hopes to return to his country with rescued Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, depending on his condition.

"Bolivians will never forget" the accident and rescue, Morales said, thanking Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

"This incident is uniting us more and more every day," Morales said.

One of the rescued Chilean miners told Morales upon seeing him, "We took care of (Mamani)," the president recounted.

Pinera said the rescues were a symbol that life had triumphed over fear and death.

"I am more convinced than ever that the greatest wealth of our country is not copper - but our miners," Pinera said.

"You never surrendered, you never gave up, and today we are harvesting the results," he said. "I know last night there were tears in every household in Chile, tears of joy."

Pinera praised the miners for showing the country how to endure and thanked the rescue workers for "carrying out a rescue that seemed impossible."

"Today october 13, 2010 - 33 has become a magic number," Pinera said.

[Updated at 9:57 a.m. ET, 10:57 a.m. Chile time] Next up for rescue: Victor Zamora. He follows the rescue of his friend Carlos Barrios. The pair have worked in several mines together before and their families have shared a tent at the Camp Hope site.

Workers are now preparing to send the capsule back down to get Zamora.

Carlos Barrios, like the other miners, is taken on a stretcher to have a medical evaluation.

[Updated at 9:52 a.m. ET, 10:52 a.m. Chile time] Carlos Barrios has just emerged from the mine in the rescue capsule, making him the thirteenth of 33 miners to be rescued.

Family members clapped and cheered in the direction of the capsule as they waited for him to exit.

Barrios waved to the crowd and then hugged and kissed waiting family members.

Barrios, 27, began mining only 10 months ago.  He has a 5-year-old son and is an avid fanatic soccer fan and player.

[Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET, 10:42 a.m. Chile time] CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports the miners will occupy the 2nd and 4th floors of the Copiapó Regional Hospital.

Neighborhood residents walked around the quiet streets looking at the phalanx of media that had invaded the area around the hospital.

A Spanish cameraman wandered from media outlet to media outlet trying to get someone to lend him a camera. His cam had stayed behind at the mine last night after officials shut the one road in and out of the mine. Any car lights on the road, the rescue officials said, could counter the helicopter pilots night vision goggles as they ferried the miners to the waiting doctors.

[Updated at 9:39 a.m. ET, 10:39 a.m. Chile time] As workers prepared to rescue Barrios, his family members saw him on a screen enter the capsule and began clapping at the thought that it will only be mere minutes before they can see him. The other miners and rescue workers also cheered him on as the capsule went up towards the surface.

[Updated at 9:19 a.m. ET, 10:19 a.m. Chile time] The rescue chamber is being sent back down to the mine - this time with another rescue worker inside. Carlos Barrios, the foreman, is the next miner expected to be brought to the surface.

Edison Peña hugs his wife after being rescued from the mine.

[Updated at 9:13 a.m. ET, 10:13 a.m. Chile time] Edison Peña waved to the crowd as he walked out of the rescue chamber.

"Thank God we're alive," he said as he became the 12th miner to reach the surface. "I know now why we're alive."

"Please take a picture, please," he said, as he greeted his wife for the first time.

[Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET, 10:10 a.m. Chile time] The 12th miner, Edison Peña, has reached the top of the rescue chamber.

Peña, 34, also sent a request for music while he was down in the mine because of his love for music - especially Elvis. While trapped underground he led the group of 33 miners in sing-a-longs. He has reportedly also been running 10km a day underground in the available space.

Angelica Alvarez, his wife, stood by with a video camera in hand, pointed at the area where her husband would arrive after more than two months underground. She cried and clasped her hands as the capsule reached the surface.

A video image shows the chamber that miners inside the rescue capsule goes through during the rescue.

[Updated at 8:54 a.m. ET, 9:54 a.m. Chile time] The rescue capsule has reached the bottom of the mine and Edison Peña is expected to be miner number 12 to be lifted to the surface.

[Updated at 8:35 a.m. ET, 9:35 a.m. Chile time] A bearded Jorge Galleguillos came out of the chamber to a chant of  "sing galleta" - a play on his last name and a reference to his request to sing and play the guitar when he was trapped in the mine.

After exiting the chamber he met one of his brothers, who he shared a long hug with. His brother held tight - and continued patting him on the back.

He then hugged both of the presidents of Chile and Bolivia and rescuers who were there awaiting his arrival. A Bolivian miner trapped inside the mine, Carlos Mamani, was rescued in the early morning.

[Updated at 8:28 a.m. ET, 9:28 a.m. Chile time] The eleventh miner, Jorge Galleguillos, has reached the top of the chamber and been rescued.

Galleguillos, who has been working in mining for 16 years, has had two previous work related accidents. But his family portrayed him as a man who loves mining - and regularly collects stones, minerals and rocks from the areas where he works. He had said in a previous video message that he was not feeling well in the mine, and he is on medication for hypertension.

Down in the mine, he was known as the "folklore guy," and had even requested a guitar be sent down to him. The mining minister wrote back, saying unfortunately they couldn't fit a guitar, but sent down music so he could listen and sing along to lift his spirits, as well as those of the other miners. Galleguillos, who is married and has several children, was also one of the miners concerned about his kids' schooling being impacted. The mining ministers, in response, set up a schooling area at Camp Hope.

[Updated at 8:25 a.m. ET, 9:25 a.m. Chile time] Galleguillos' family is clapping as they watch a TV monitor bring him from the rescue chamber.

The family said like others, they have become a part of a new large family, and will wait at the site until all miners have been rescued.

"One for all and all for one," one of the Galleguillos brothers said.

"We want to tell him how much we love him," his brother said, adding that their mother couldn't come because she was overwhelmed with emotion.

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET, 9:26 a.m. Chile time] Bolivian President Evo Morales is now at the site waiting for the arrival of Jorge Galleguillos with Chilean President Miguel Piñera.

[Updated at 8:19 a.m. ET, 9:19 a.m. Chile time] Chilean President Miguel Piñera has returned to the site of the rescues after resting for a short time.

Additionally, reporters on the ground and video shows as more rescues are going on, the time between the rescues is decreasing - perhaps a sign the workers are gaining more experience with the procedure and have gotten into a careful, but fluid rhythm.

[Updated at 8:14 a.m. ET, 9:14 a.m. Chile time] Jorge Galleguillos, the eleventh miner, has entered the rescue capsule and is preparing to begin his ascent through the rescue chamber.

[Updated at 8:00 a.m. ET, 9:00 a.m. Chile time] CNN's Sean O'Key reports that it is quiet at the hospital in Copiapo where miners are being brought for treatment. More police showed up in last half hour, but otherwise the scene is very calm - a stark contrast to the atmosphere last night.

[Updated at 7:57 a.m. ET, 8:57 a.m. Chile time] Workers have sent the rescue capsule down to retrieve the eleventh miner - expected to be Jorge Galleguillos.

Alex Vega gives a thumbs up after being rescued from the mine.

[Updated at 7:52 a.m. ET, 8:52 a.m. Chile time] Alex Vega, looking in high spirits, gave a thumbs up and crossed himself in prayer as he exited the rescue capsule.

He then took off his hard hat and kissed his wife and held her tightly as rescuers cheered in the background. Both cried as they held each other for the first time in more than two months. As he was put on a stretcher and into the required triage, his wife tightly grabbed his hand, and gave him her camera which he held up to videotape the crowd and workers watching. His wife wiped tears from her eyes as he was led away.

[Updated at 7:50 a.m. ET, 8:50 a.m. Chile time] The tenth miner has reached the top of the rescue chamber and been rescued. Alex Vega, 31, is a heavy machinery mechanic. He was doing repair work on a truck when the mine collapsed. Alex Vega's  father is also a mining veteran.

He suffers from hypertension and kidney problems, officials said, and he will likely require medical attention when he gets to the hospital.

Vega got into mining because he wanted to earn more money to leave his parents' home to buy a house for his family. However, his wife Jessica Salgado says that while her husband is a bit stubborn, she's going to forbid him from ever working in a mine again.

[Updated at 7:33  a.m. ET, 8:33 a.m. Chile time] Alex Vega's brother said after a night of waiting and holding a vigil at Camp Hope he cannot wait to see his brother.

"Yes we're very excited," Jonathan Vega told reporters. "It is our turn and we are praying at all 36, with the rescuers, will come up. We are a big family - we are 33 families that have come together now. We are waiting for all of them."

Jonathan Vega and his family have been singing in anticipation of his arrival.

"In the beginning the wanted to bring him up last but he's having some back aches so he's very anxious," he said. "And that's why they are bringing him up now."

His wife, Jessica Salgado, smiled nervously and put her hands in her jacket pocket as she hugged rescue workers and waited for her husband to come out of the rescue capsule.

[Updated at 7:11  a.m. ET, 8:11 a.m. Chile time] The rescue capsule has been sent down to retrieve the tenth miner.

[Updated at 7:03  a.m. ET, 8:03 a.m. Chile time] Workers are checking the rescue capsule before sending it down to retrieve Alex Vega - who is expected to be the tenth miner that will be brought to the surface.

Mario Gomez kneels down to pray after being rescued and taken out of the rescue capsule.

[Updated at 7:03  a.m. ET, 8:03 a.m. Chile time] Mario Gómez' wife rubbed her hands and clasped them together in anticipation as he was being unloaded from the rescue capsule.

Gómez raised his hands gave two thumb up as he waved the Chilean flag proudly and pointed at his family. He has said he will never step foot in a mine again - a place he has worked since he was 12. His wife Lillane Ramirez has prepared a honeymoon for them as soon as he is ready.

After exchanging in a long embrace with his wife, Gómez dropped to the desert floor on his knees, and prayed with his hands clasped around the Chilean flag. He was then loaded onto a stretcher and covered in a blanket - but he raised his hand with exuberance in triumph as he was carted off.

[Updated at 6:57 a.m. ET, 7:57 a.m. Chile time] A ninth miner has reached the top of the rescue chamber and been rescued. Mario Gómez is the oldest of the group at age 63.

The day of the cave in Gómez, who has been mining since the age of 12, had been getting ready to retire but found himself in the mines to test a new truck. Gómez has lung problems because of his history of mining and also lost a couple of fingers during a previous mining accident.

He is known in the group of 33 as the spiritual one and requested a crucifix and other religious symbols so the men could construct a shrine underground.

[Updated at 6:49 a.m. ET, 7:49 a.m. Chile time] Gómez' wife Lillane Ramirez, stood by the site of the rescue video taping and readying her camera to see her husband.  She held onto the arm of one of the rescuers, nervously joking as she and many of his family members stood by, anxiously waiting to see his face through the rescue tube.

[Updated at 6:35 a.m. ET, 7:35 a.m. Chile time] Gómez, the ninth miner and the oldest trapped underground, has been placed in the rescue tube and is preparing to be pulled to the surface.

[Updated at 6:25 a.m. ET, 7:25 a.m. Chile time] Mario Gómez, the ninth miner and the oldest trapped underground, has been placed in the rescue tube.

[Updated at 6:15 a.m. ET, 7:15 a.m. Chile time] Mario Gómez, 63, the oldest in the mine, is expected to be the next miner to be rescued from the mine. He would be the ninth member of the group of 33 to be rescued.

As the sun comes up over the mine and Camp Hope miners will be wearing sunglasses.

[Updated at 5:55 a.m. ET, 6:55 a.m. Chile time] Dawn is breaking in Copiapo, Chile and the miners will be facing a change in light as they emerge from the rescue chamber.

All of the miners now will likely be wearing sunglasses so they can adjust after being underground in darkness for more than two months.

So far, eight miners have been rescued, in a little under eight hours.

Continue reading all of the minute-by-minute updates from the rescues of the first eight miners here.

soundoff (1,166 Responses)
  1. Marc


    October 13, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      This is truly an amazing sight. God has been in control this whole time.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Cuseguy

      It is amazing! But Beth... If God had anything to do with it they wouldn't have been trapped in the first place....

      October 13, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • West tex

      Such success that can be accomplished when ideologies and political issues are set aside by a national group along with the international assistance. A testament to the true heart of man when the pettiness is set apart. Well being to all involved

      October 13, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Y doesn't neone like to acknowledge there is Good and Evil at work on this earth?? U r soooo quick to diss God and u can't realilize there is a Devil too–I think u will find out–too late–this is a reply to Cuseguy!!

      October 13, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tarren

      I disagree, Beth... While I'm not overly religious, I recognize God's power. And saying that if God was in control, they wouldn't be there is wrong. Because God was in control, they were there, meaning that after this miracle they may have opportunities to do things they never dreamed of doing. God works in mysterious ways and makes people go through certain things so they can come out better and stronger people.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • alysa

      I hope that every miner is healthy and well and that this mistake will never happen again

      October 13, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ljfkksjfasjdlkfjeqf

      how many did they rescue cause i was in the laundry room doing laundry

      October 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarren

      Sorry Beth, that message was actually for Cuseguy.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Yes god works in mysterious ways...mysteriously similar to random chance

      October 13, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • bluechandran

      amazing. yes . if it is the work of god or not, my prayers have been answered.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jchas

      Every so often something happens to show us just how fragile and precious life is and gives us all occasion to pull together in hope. Prayers and best wishes to all the miners and their families today. The whole world is behind you and will be thinking of you til the last man is pulled to the surface.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      If god were in control the whole time, why didn't god just prevent the mine from collapsing in the first place?

      October 13, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      Here was an opportunity for men to work together for their own good. We had the option to do nothing. God did not mandate that good was to be done. He gave us the chance to do what is right and learn a lesson from that opportunity. If we did nothing, some of us would have seen it as being wrong and advanced in that knowledge that wrong was done, thereby progressing through the recognition that a chance to do right was missed. This opportunity to progress in spirit is with us always, whether right or wrong is done, to go forward in the understanding of what is right or wrong. And hopefully we don't need a mining disaster to progress in knowledge.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • BeachSideHorizon

      All I can say is that even the miners and their families are praising God! I praise Him with them. For those of you who do not believe in God...I'm sorry to say that Atheism makes up only a handful of the global population. The majority of ppl around the world believe in a God. So get over yourselves and stop being so threatened by the fact that ppl believe there is a reason we are here...we weren't just created by chance. There ultimately is a Designer for everything that is made. It's like looking at a car in the middle of the road and thinking to yourself that it just appeared out of nowhere. Only a logical person knows that the car had a creator.

      So happy with each miner who is being saved! My prayers will continually be with each of you during and after all of your rescues.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      If there is a creator, does that mean that god continues to intervene in everyday occurrences? Regardless of atheism, why would god intervene for this handful of individuals and ignore suffering elsewhere?

      October 13, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Amos

      Is it so difficult to explain the edcuated CNN people that the name of the city is CO-P-YA-PO and not any other version?
      Why, eben after 11 years in the US when I dont pronounce the name of Tledo OH as people do that here noboy understand me but we have to tolerate the American ignorance to other cultures. I hope that by the 33rd miner they will know how to pronounce it. Good luck

      October 13, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      GOD is in control.........................He was with all the men trapped and all that helped develope the rescue..............GIVE GOD Credit....................

      October 13, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • QuincyKang

      this is truly Oh god. great news ever read for long time.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • paulacvdw

      Just looking down that escape bore gave me the creeps. I don't even want to think about being at the bottom, looking up. Especially as number 33.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Chip


      Ah, yes.. God helps a few dozen trapped miners but ignores genocide, starvation, natural disasters and disease. When something good happens it's because of god...when something bad happens its' just because.

      Some people are idiots.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • BeachSideHorizon

      John...your question is one that so many ppl have. Would you agree that this world in which we live, is not "Heaven on earth"? There is so much suffering. Why? If you were to talk to the many ppl who have gone through suffering, but have made it through. The first thing they tell you is that it made them a stronger and better person. I am one of those. I for one see miracles everyday. You're a miracle. Are you controlling the beat of your heart? It can stop any moment and you wouldn't be able to do anything about it. You're breathing life as we speak and you have nothing to do with it. Would you also agree that you would curse God if He didn't give us a free will and our own mind? Fortunately, God gave us all a free will and a free mind. We make our own decisions. With those decisions, many men have become wicked and have turned their faces from the one who loves them unconditionally. The evil of this world is what causes suffering. So have you ever stopped to ask yourself where does the evil come from? How is it that men can be so wicked. Stop blaming God for everything that happens, when He has nothing to do with the wickedness that takes place in the hearts of men and in the world. Where does the real blame lie?

      October 13, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Photal

      I hope they enjoy their new life. And those of us who have followed this story may we appreciate life and all it can bring.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • aml

      simply amazing. and I agree with Tarren. God works in mysterious ways. Although there was much trial over these past two months, it's amazing to see how 33 miners and all their families become one. How the engineers, and all the other workers, the volunteers worked together planning for the rescue and the constant efforts of keeping the spirits of the trapped miners alive during the 70 days. it is very heartwarming to watch it all unfold.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Angi

      Praise God!!!

      October 13, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • GOhomeNAZIs

      I am tiered of all the religion Nazis. If someone says God did it, and you disagree, don't say anything. Cause no-one gives a crap about some idiot who trolls on cnn posts to denounce peoples' religions. God Bless the trolls and the anti-religion Nazi posters.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • desdemona12

      This rescue is truely amazing. The miners and their families and all those responsible for this rescue , I feel, is a combination of faith and knowing what needs to be done. It is all working beautifully. May God Bless them all. This story is just what this world needed. Good news!

      October 13, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Melvin Jonas Villaflor

      This is so intense! I am unashamed to say that I have been shedding tears every time a miner comes out. Thank God for providing a very good news that the world can fully appreciate... Beautiful things still happen in spite the problems we see all over the world. So intense....

      October 13, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Edson

      Hey John if you have nothing good to say just keep your comments to yorself. God Is so great it allows you to express your ideas. join a godd bible church and have faith. regardless of your comments I rather diin faith than lost like you.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria Borda Wiesner

      Chi, Chi, Chi, le,le,lel Los Mineros de Chile How emotional has been to hear this chant. This has been an expression of faith, of support, of commitment and discipline. Faith in God and one another; support from Chile and around the world, commitment to a common purpose and discipline from the part of the miners and the rescue teams. What a lesson for us to learn. I am so proud of my Chilean roots

      October 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      I feel very happy with this rescue seeing how this miners, one by one, are being rescued. i congratulate the families of the miners already rescued and i expect all the miners can be took of the chamber alive. Thank god for that.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      I would like to remind the theocrats here that "god" had nothing to do with this rescue. It was the hard work and effort of the engineers and technicians. Don't disrespect them by suggesting that an invisible sky-genie did the all the work. Don't say that "god" was working through the people either. Loyalty, humanity and morality not father, son and holy ghost.


      October 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I am astounded by the courage of the medic and two rescue workers who were let down into the chamber to assist the trapped minors at the beginning of the operation. If anything goes wrong they will mostly likely lose their lives.

      They are heroes in my eyes. As much as I hate to admit it I serously doubt that I'd have the courage to go down there.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JoelBruce

      I say thank God for miracles. Bless these miners and their families and everyone associated with this tragedy turned miracle. Bless you all from the USA.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Ravi Venishetty

      I am really happy for the miners and their families, thank god for everything, I admire for their courage and strength . I hope this never happens again to anyone in the world. I am proud of all people who came to rescue these miners. Also proud of the chile government for operating smoothly.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      GOhomeNAZIs, maybe the people praising god are the trolls. And when you bring Nazis into the conversation it's an automatic loss for your side of the argument. To compare people who don't believe that a made up deity had anything to do with rescuing miners to a group that committed perhaps the greatest atrocity in human history is downright foolish. So I'll ask you this: Where was "God" when 6 million Jews were being systematically put to death?

      October 13, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Ximena

      I wish the audio would have been better when the 14th rescued miner was talking to the Bolivian President. He told him "no more hate, we are all brothers". That is a message I wish Evo would get.

      I agree with some of the posts, in the grand scheme of things, the specifit type of faith is not what is important. The importance is that there is faith and in times of need people unite, they love and hope again. Now the challenge is to keep that unity moving forward.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Unbelievable. Good luck to miners.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Chile is having great success with this rescue. My only question is how is the last person going to get back up? Who is going to close the door and make sure everything is secure? Congrats to all miners and families.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Vanessa

      God is so good. I am filled with complete joy, knowing that the miners are well and being rescued. In life we have so much to be grateful for, these men are truly blessed. This is amazing. God Bless them.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      There is no country in this world that can't learn something from Chile. We all finaly saw how "state machine" can care for simple people, and how can turn impossible to possible. Big bow to all that participated in any way in this rescue, you all show us what is humanity.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikky

      This so called god had nothing to do with this rescue. Man did. Congrats to the people who helped rescue them and glad they finally get out of there. I couldn't imagine.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikky

      I wish more people believed in themselves and other people then a god! This world would be a better less judgmental place. I am glad that we live in a time that can actually bring trapped people up from the ground a thousand of years ago they would of been trapped forever! Good job humans!

      October 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | 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 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ricardo Figueira

      I'm Ricardo from Portugal, and I see this as a strong sign to the difficulties the world is facing in the present. The passion, the solidarity, the union around all the 33 miners is a lesson to us all! The strengh and braveness of these men is an encouragement to face the future thinking that no matter what, there's always a way out! My mother, Jacinta is a Mathematics teacher here in Portugal and she found an amazing coincidence about this story.

      The sum of the numbers of today's date is 33 (13-10-10)!!! Imagine that....even this is an incredible feature of this longlasting but joyful day!

      October 13, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Natalia

      THE RESCUE WAS IN IN 22 HOURS 54 MINUTES ANS 11 SECONDS.. 22+5+4+1+1=33 !!! 🙂

      VIVA CHILE!!!!!!!!!<3

      October 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • huxley

      I wonder how the order was chosen and who is going last.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • TexasNomad

      SAM...it's FAITH...not random chance. If you stake your life on the CHANCE that good things will happen to you, odds are, they won't. If however you have FAITH that good things will happen...odds are they will, even when things seem their bleakest. Yes you may never see the face of GOD...but for many that isn't what drives them to believe, it's having faith in something greater than yourself. That is something that cannot EVER be taken away from you. If you have no faith,, no hope, no belief, what's left of your human existence?

      October 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Everybody that keeps bringing up what it would be like for the last person needs to listen up. They lowered rescuers down into the mine. These people have been training for weeks for this. The last one to go up will have plenty of knowledge about what to do in order to secure himself.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      TexasNomad, in answer to your question: I have FAITH in myself. I always HOPE for a good outcome. And I have a BELIEF that most of the time the better judgement of man will prevail. That has ZILCH to do with God. In fact, because I don't believe in God I know that making the most of my HUMAN EXISTENCE now is the right thing to do because there's nothing else after I die.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • amazing NEW DomainersGate.com

      clearly, the successful operations in Chile hasn't been managed by BP... 🙂

      October 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • dawn

      GOD is GOOD!!!!!!! We just don't know how good he is. We need to come together as a one and thank him for this miracle. Not questioning him. We will keep on praying for the miners and their families. God Bless

      October 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • nuclearoption

      So often our news is riddled with death and destruction. It feels good when everyone can come together, worldwide, to embrace such an amazing event. regardless of nationality, language, political affiliation, we all are hoping for these men to come out safe and sound. i keep thinking, "way to go humans, you did something right"!

      October 13, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      I was thinking about it and this seems like a story that would come out of the Bible. Think about it 33 miners trapped 1/2 mile underground sustained on milk and tuna fish. Trapped 69 days underground only to be brought back to the surface!! WOW GOD IS GOOD! THIS IS 33 MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummm...

      .... so do they grow facial hair in Chile? So far... all but one has come out clean shaven?!?!?!

      In 60 plus days... I'd be tripping over my beard!!!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      I wonder why they keep sending rescue workers down. That seems risky to me. Personally, I think they should have just sent Hillary Clinton down to give them a pep talk, and then when the last miner was raised, plugged the hole with concrete and conveniently forgotten her down there forever.

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

      I have been up all night watching this miraculous event. Suddenly, I remembered, it was 23 years ago, same time of year, we watched baby Jessica come out of the well.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      What an amazing story. It does the heart good to see fellow humans working together to aid and help in this rescure event. It was stated that a butterfly saved these miners. Now, dont you think a butterfly 2300 feet underground ddnt fly down there by itself, but was sent down there by the hand of God. Amazing. Has there been any discussion of what they are going to do with that mine after everyone is above ground and safe, including the rescue team. I say blow it up and conserve it as a shrine to honor what has occured.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karla Andino Perez

      Hola estoy hablandoles desde Puerto RIco, y me da conmocion saber que el poder de una oracion pudo traspasar mas de 100 pies de profundidad, que la Fe de muchos, pudo mover hasta lo mas minimo para poder salvar estas personas, dejando a un lado, la politica, el crimen del dia a dia y las malas noticias, para hacer de un derrumbe total, una bendicion para cada vida que mira el suceso del rescate.

      A cada uno de ellos, los que no perdieron la Fe, nunca la pierdan, porque creer en Dios es algo fenomenal, y lo que paso es un milagro sobrenatural.

      Dios los Bendiga mucho, y muchas alabanzas al Señor, desde San Juan, Puerto Rico,
      La Sociedad de Jovenes y Juveniles ' The King Jesus" Iglesia del Rey Jesus, Defensores de la Fe Cristiana y yo Karla Andino Perez.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alma

      we went to sleep after the first miner was rescued, with a prayer for the miners, first thing i asked my husband when i woke up, how many miners now has been rescued? he laughed and said, 9 as of now, and that just made my day 😉 Thank God for this miracle!!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vinchenzo

      Seriously god bless each of these men, they show what a little hope, a little prayer, and an IRON resolve can endure. They should each be set up financially, that way them and there families can truly enjoy each others lifes free of the worries of $. If anyone has earned it, its these guys.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sr. Stella

      Yes, it is amazing because God does marvelous deeds. We are prying for the safety of the miners. Will be praying till the last miner and the rescue workers are safe on the surface. May God Bless everyone who made this miracle happen.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • lana smith

      i have been watching the mine resuce and heard one of your reporters say that he could not recall when the whole world was glued to their tv well ican it was nine years ago in somerset pa when we all waited for the nine miners of quecreek nine how soon we forget but when you live there you don't forget

      October 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gina Eifert

      I pray that the news media everywhere recogizes that POSITIVE and inspiriational stories are what the world culture is longing for and responding to! Will your ratings and the faces of the people watching during this coverage encourage you to report what is good in this world?

      October 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady

      They should be labeled 'Brothers of the Butterfly' ; Los Hermanos de La Mariposa

      Thank you CNN for the intense coverage of something really great happening in our world!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      HI I started watching this last night with my daughter and son-inlaw while I was writing my resume for a job and I had to stop to watch this I just felt that watching the rescue was more important than my resume. Me and my familty were so excited to to the miners reunited with their families. It kind of feels like christmas were evrything is just so joyful.

      Rhonda from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      October 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schar

      This is amazing!! I am so joyful for all of them, there country and the world!! May God continue to show us all the miracles in the world.
      Jon – Free Will!! if you don't know about it I will pray that you do and that you find the Lord! If you do not blv please do not put down these people, our God and beliefs for your own joy of hurting someone!! We should all pray for you!!

      God Bless Chile, the men and the families!!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ds

      Some of the best reporting coverage i have ever seen on any major story. Thanks cnn to the news crew to the state coverage. I am so happy for the miners their families So proud of their government that reached out for help from all over.
      It dawned on me as we in the US would be worried about health care and paying for it. I bet not one of the miners there is worried about losing everything due to health care costs.
      Thank you also to all the rescue folks for your help and aid in this wonderful outcome

      October 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • transplanted

      Yes amazing indeed !!! I'm crying, laughing all at the same time !! If any other life forms r watching us now, then they get 2 c the true potential that we, these small hairless quadrupeds, we humans, have for actually working as 1, across borders, across languages !!!! I pray that we, soon, become a world without borders of the mind and heart, thus saving ourselves from ourselves !!! and may be then when we r worthy, we'll get 2 live in peace with our world and universe !!! Amen.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Hi John, I feel compassion and sadness for you! Even though you don't believe in God, I will pray for your soul!

      October 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darlene

      I am a coal miner wife who do believe that when you go down in the coal mines you better have God on your side. My prayers is that when this all over and the workers are with their families they will not be forgotten. So for those us who believe in the power of prayer do not stop praying for them. I have not been to bed all night watching as each man come
      out of that hole. A hole that man make a great living from. Maybe some people jobs are less stressful, but no matter what
      your job is God is there ( that is what I beleieve) I will not turn my televison off until all miners are out. My husband is in the mine as we speak..My God will take care of him even though it is a danger job. God Bless This World!

      October 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mamagraphica

      couldn't have said it better myself.. I agree "Amazing"

      October 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judith Williams

      I can not believe how emotional it is to watch these miners being rescued. I find myself thinking that anyone of these men could be a relative to me as my Grandfather was born and raised in Coronel Chile. I have not been able to find any relatives there but I know there has to be. My Grandfather also worked in the mines. I find myself just so emotional watching this coverage. May they all be well.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      Just wanted to say that it doesnt matter who helped these men survive their ordeal whether its God, Allah or the Gods other people believe in wherever your faith lies Thank them if you want to for this miraculous rescue. It is just an amazing thing that people from around the world are watching this together and pulling for these men to come out alive. Me personally want to Thank God for helping these men and their families endure such an overwhelming experience. God Bless you and your families!!

      October 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      I will not try to identify what role God played in this amazing rescue. One thing is abudantly clear, the miners' faith in God had a role in sustaining them for what must have been an eternity. I will say that, if anything, this is a great testament to the human spirit. It is alive and that in itself is cause for celebration.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      Excellent reporting by Karl Penhaul!
      He talks about the human aspects of the miners.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      My heart has skipped a beat 18 times thus far...for the arrival of the first rescuer and for the 17 miners that have surfaced thus far. I have been in constant awe throughout the rescue efforts and I seem not to be able to keep my eyes dry since late last night. The dishes are dirty and tthe laundry will not be folded until I know that these miners are rescued and are in the arms of their families. Until then, nothing else matters. My thoughts and prayers are with the miners, families, and all of those involved with the search and pending rescue of these miners. I am so proud to be a citizen of the world and than you ,Chile, for allowing the World to witness every tear jerking momnent of this rescue!

      October 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I am not a religious person, I have often questioned why God allows terrible things happen to people. I was once told by a religious person that "God sometimes allows things to happen so we will turn to him".....I do believe in God and I must say, in my darkest hours I have always turned to God praying for help. So maybe there is some truth to that!

      October 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn

      17 To Go...But, does anyone know how many have entered the mine to help in the evac? 17+x

      October 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cj

      You know the man who stated that there were 33 men down there...and God. Regardless of what anyone believes or doesnt believe. All of these men have survived because of their strong will to live, but also because of having a faith that they believe in. Even if your not a Christian, having faith in God or for those who resent the idea of a God, allowed these men to stay in a relatively sane state throughtout their period. Someone posted a comment saying God was with them and a reply to that comment was the same God that put them there. Whatever the case having a faith in a higher power can provide what the people on the surface could not. Just the belief in a higher power can grant someone with an enormous feeling of safety, well-being, and prosperity. So if you dont believe in God, don't criticize the fact that these men used their belief in it as stupid, because it more or less is what kept them sane and comforted them simply because of that thought God was with with them.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Princess C

      I don't think this time is about arguing over the will of God. But it is about praising him for bringing these miners out. This is a testiment to all of us being connected to eachother all over the world. I cannot tell you how I cried as each miner has been pulled out. These men suffered yet they hoped and they had to stick together to survive. As they come out I praise God for their delivery out of harms way and pray for their wellbeing. Sometimes it is about Gods Glory. These men showed and continue to show a bravery and courage that most only could dream of and because there is a God who worked through all the recovery workers, the love ones and family of the miners who refused to give up and the miners themselves we can sit and watch this wonderful miricle unfold. Praise God!

      October 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexandra Abry

      I certainly hope that CNN is donating the money that they are making off of advertisement to the miners and their recovery.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Why do we need running commentary on what the US president is doing...quit it. This has nothing to do with him.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      Incredible, we were looking at the live feed while treating patients here in Belgium !
      Fantastic how this brings the world together.

      October 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jenny

      hey i'm jenny
      i'm soo soo happy that they were out from the under ground and i know their parents are very happy to see them chli.... <3

      October 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rebecca Lidster

    Been watching CNN coverage of the Chilean miners here in Australia, and to see the miners resurfacing after 69 days is truley a amazing sight, I really feel for all the miners and their familes, very emotional just to watch. God Bless xo

    October 13, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • nicole clark

      A cnn News caster was just discussing the man who brought the rocks up...he did so by attaching them to a bag around his neck, I watched him last night pull it off his neck and pass the rocks out. also, did you hear the story of the 11th miner and the white butterfly? He almost did not survive if it were not for stopping to wonder at a white butterfly and how it got down to the mine, As he stopped, rocks began to fall in front of him...if not for that butterfly, he would be under those rocks.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • VERTX

      Again 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 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Boston

      couldn't agree more. It's wonderful to see these poor and brave miners rejoining their families and friends.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jorge

    Fantastic story unfolding!

    October 13, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. ninfa

    I am so happy for the miners and their families, what a blessing for all. Whoo hoo!! :D.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kelly

    What a blessing this is! Good luck to all miners. God bless everyone there as they have come together to make this miracle happen.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    Thank you Jesus! So happy for their families!

    October 13, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • collins okoroafor

      am really happy to see them being rescued one after the other without arguement on whom to go first...i wish THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT is watching this....

      October 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. jose rodriguez

    Dios es grande y poderoso solo Dios puede permitir ke pasen mi lagros como este
    Que Dios bendiga a los mineros y que les de fuersa mineros yo me uno atodos ustedes de corazon jose rodriguez desde virgina

    October 13, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. dr feelgud

    havent been able to see any coverage yet since iv been at work.cant wait to get home and check it out.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. martin garcia

    Gracias al señor todopoderoso y a astucia de los resacatadores . Dios todavia los necesitan a todos Dios los bendiga a todos

    October 13, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. LadyCinctus

    I'm amazed at human tenacity. These miners have united a country and are living proof of the if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything – even survive 60+ days in an underground cave. Slowly but surely they will all come up.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Matt Hill

    This makes me happy.

    October 13, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. josh

    Am soooo pleased with all rescue efforts. God bless yea all

    October 13, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. C Bucklew

    Loving this rescue – amazing – God is so wonderful! Prayers to the miners, family, and friends!!

    October 13, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The rescuers are just amazing. Where was God the day they were trapped?

      October 13, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • alloro

      He was right there, keeping them from dying as the roof was falling down around them.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • AlanH

      @Chris... "Where was God when these miners were trapped?" Are you serious?!? He was protecting them from being crushed to death. As satan was trying to kill them, God protected them from the falling rocks and for all these days since that time. Who do you think got them through those first 17 days when they didn't know if anyone was going to ever come for them. Who do you think kept them alive for at least 17 days on supplies that were only enough for 48 hours? I could go on and on showing you where God was... and is... but isn't that enough?!?!?

      October 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'He was right there, keeping them from dying as the roof was falling down around them'
      ah so those people that have died from past cave ins were people god hated, ok, got it.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'As satan was trying to kill them'
      oh heck, seriously? satan was trying to kill them?
      what is wrong with you people? that you actually believe this crap is beyond me, it really is.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • sleepytime

      AlanH: Why didn't god just prevent the cave-in in the first place then?

      October 13, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • AlanH

      We all have faith... you either place it in God or in chance. It's a whole lot easier to place it in God. And so what if we're wrong and it is all just "chance" and there is no God? Then oh my, I'll be embarrassed. But... what if we're right and you're the one that's wrong? You want to take that chance with eternity?

      October 13, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'But... what if we're right and you're the one that's wrong? You want to take that chance with eternity?'
      Well that just suggests you should force yourself to believe just in case, which is stupid.

      Plus of course you are forgetting a 3rd option. What if there is a god (or gods), and you do have to face him/them, but he/they just happens to not be your god, what then? ah to spend an eternity damned because you followed the wrong god, and you have no-one to blame but yourself you know.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. anna_k

    i am watching this outstanding rescue operation here in Bulgaria, and I can say that we all are very proud with miners spirits and we feel for them and their families. whish them good luck..

    October 13, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    How will the last person be able to enter the capsule and leave the mine, without any help?

    October 13, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      There is a rescuer in the mine with them. That person was the first to go down. That's what I think I read earlier.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      It will prob b 1 of the people that went down 2 help them and tell them what 2 do on the way up–they will know what 2 do!!

      October 13, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Francisco

      Unfortunetly one will have to be left behind as a sacrafice to God and Jesus.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Karwolo

      I am wondering the same thing. Stella, it's the last rescuer we are talking about. Hopefully they have thought this through...?

      October 13, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |

      As one of the miners said there wasn't 33 men in the mine...there were 34. Since we are all spirits in a body called flesh...and we are created like our maker...God who is spirit. He will remain there until all are onearth again. PRAISE HIM. The Blood of Jesus did all!

      October 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      The toughest and meanest miner of all is coming out last. He doesn't need any help. He would have dug out by himself but they asked him to wait.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ana

      They said..."Last in, last out". That means the last one to come up will be a rescue worker who has been specially trained for this purpose.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The concern about how the last man will get out without any help is understandable. However, one of the "rescuers" is actually Chuck Norris, who'll actually dig his own way out.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
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