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. Me

    Watching from Malaysia. What an inspirational story, where people from all over the world unite in hope and where 'ordinary' working people get that sort of respect. I am in awe of those or organised the rescue, the government who evidently didn't hesitate to spend the resources, the guy who volunteered to go DOWN (what a hero), and last but not least of the miners and their families for enduring the unendurable. May the rest of their lives be trouble-free.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Me

    Um, it's not there for your entertainment you shallow and self-cenrtred individual (or Troll)

    October 13, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Desiree

    So happy that these miners are getting to see the light of day...God bless them,their families,and all working to help them. The human spirit is amazing and this is proof that it can't be broken.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. mommyforever

    The miners are lucky and faithful, justly rewarded. You can't beat family love and dedication of good leadership. The president will be reelected repeatedly for he is truly one of them.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kamaluddeen Dahiru

    What a miracle thanks to Almighty Allah it is indeed another milestone to science and Tech. when is it coming to our third world countries like Nigeria...... Bomb no rescue mission despite the warning!

    October 13, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • FAL

      Allah? Are you serious? These people are all devout catholics and it is a blessing from God, not Allah, that brings them to safety.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kamaluddeen Dahiru

      Fal that is one of my problem with you guys you lack general knowledge you illiterates God means ALLAH in Arabic simple

      October 13, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • ahmad12345

      @Fal: My friend, Allah is the Arabic word for God. He is the same god that Christians and Jews worship. Saying Muslims worship a different god named "Allah" is like saying Spanish-speaking people worship a different god named "Dios", or that Germans worship a different god named "Gott". Get some education man.

      October 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • imdaznboi

      lol @ fal: so uneducated

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

      After reading all these posts thanking God for the miracle, I couldn't help but laugh when I read this. I knew someone would get jumpy 😉

      October 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rudolph

    i am worried. why do they not run the wire line (guided by that small reel from the side) in the center of the pipe? the guiding rollers on the outside of the capsule get more pressure with the existing set-up!

    i am with them from the single first one on
    great operation wishing all these miners lots of luck!

    October 13, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • PMBG

      The hole had to be drilled with a 20 degrees inclination so even if you center it, if they dont use the reel, the cable will hit the edge of the tube after the capsule is a few feet down.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • PMBG

      Typo: 80 degrees. Not 20

      October 13, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. sue prao

    Those miners who were rescued should thank people who worked tirelessly on the rescue operation. Why did they thank only God. If I were the one who drilled the hole with my head got vibrated hours on end, I'd expect BIG Thank from the miners

    October 13, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Kamaluddeen Dahiru

      Sue Prao, let me educate you a little.... they are thanking God simply because it was HE WHO give the rescuers the wisdom to create the capsule and techniques to rescue them because without his wisdom they can not do anything just like the way HE gave air to breath, brain to think, mouth to talk and eat and most importantly the Health for your body to do all activities you are bragging upon.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |


      PREACH.....TheWord of God says " I am the VINE, you (we) are the branches without ME you(we) can do nothing." PRAISE BE TO GOD...Thank you Father for the blood of Jesus, The Christ!

      October 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. ArtimusTheDuck

    Great way to start the day. Can't wait to see the rest out.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. samster

    Watching the rescue mission from Malta. Quite an amazing rescue. Quite an inspirational event.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Margaret from Horseheads, NY

    Thank you very much for not cutting the coverage of the miners being rescued. I have watched since 6:00 pm. yesterday and plan on watching until each and every miner is brought to the surface. I am watching the 9th person rescued and I still get very moved and wanted to thank you for your continued coverage.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. asi

    amazing..gr8, these are real heroes. that s what happen when we join hands in times of need..let goodness prevail

    October 13, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Olivares

    rudolph– the cabin does not goes down on a straight angle, but at an 80 degree angle, hence the position of the reel wheel; it IS at the center of the setup (imagine it diagonal descent, not straight down).

    October 13, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Karen

    I've been following the story of the 33 trapped miners. Everyday I read the news about them. And now, as I watch each of them rescued, I feel so happy and thankful that they really made it until they can be with their love ones again. God is really good. God bless to all of you.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Purrsi

      Karen, if god was so good and and merciful he would not have left there to be tortured for 2 months. God my @$$.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      It doesn't mean that God left them there. Everything has a reason why things happened, whether it is good or bad. Don't blame Him for it. There is no space for any negative thoughts for now. Just be thankful that they are all safe now. The best thing you could do is pray for the remaining miners.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:52 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!! And now u 2 Purrsi!! May God help U both!!

      October 13, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      A miracle by God for sure, prayers are answered.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Mary, this is not about good and evil. Okay? As I said, everything has a reason why it happens, whether good or bad. What I am trying to point out is, today or at this point of time, we should be happy and thankful that despite of what happened, the miners are safe. Don't be negative. It'll not help.

      October 13, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Believer

      We all have to go through trials and tribulations, it’s what God does, it will never be an easy road, but if you pray and stay faithful you will make it through the storm, no matter what it is. Illness, finacial troubles, marital problems, bad children, etc… Pray about it!!!

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

      Yes. There's nothing more powerful than prayers. Just believe and trust in Him. He will lead the way.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • cedarrapids

      'Everything has a reason why things happened, whether it is good or bad. Don't blame Him for it.'
      Ah the ultimate get out of jail free card....no matter how nasty an event is he will never ever get the blame for it but will always get the credit for the good. The best scam going.
      And praying can solve all your problems huh? I guess all those people that lose their homes, jobs, die from ill health, etc... just didn't pray hard enough. No wait, of course, there was a reason why their praying didn't work right? some other plan god has for them? Once again the get out of jail free card is played.

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

      Why are you so negative,cedarrapids? What's wrong with you? I do respect whatever your opinion maybe. Hope you respect mine. I'm just happy for them, that's all. Even the miners feels grateful a and thankful for God, then why are you so bitter?

      October 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • BeWarned

      cedarrapids is under the mistaken impression that God should be blamed when bad things happen. God should be PRAISED always! Even when bad things happen. Romans 8:28 says "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God" That's ALL things, not SOME things. Even when tragedy happens, God can cause good things to come of it. But then again, this doesn't apply to cedarrapids, since he obviously does not love God!

      October 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Purrsi

    I was betting money that it was Ghost in the mines all along. Bob come get your 20.

    October 13, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. lilly

    Think you Lord for saving these people's lives! Some great stuff happening in chilae

    October 13, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • McJesus

      Yes, thank you lord for saving them. Thank you lord for not killing them when you made the mine collapse in the first place. Thank you.

      October 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      I would think, McJ, that if you want to be taken seriously in your argument, that you would know a bit more about your subject. You obviously know nothing of the Christian faith or you wouldn't make this ridiculous statement. Your posts here are not based on the faith.

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

      -Your posts here are not based on the faith.-

      Correct! They are not based on faith. Because faith is dumb. Yes yes yes. Your invisible magical friend makes you better than me, and I am going to suffer an eternity in a pseudo-dimension run by red skinned horned bad dudes. I am afraid. I really am. Watch me quiver in my shoes.

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