Today marks the one-year anniversary of a rescue that captivated the world's attention. On October 13, 2010, the world watched as 33 miners were brought to the surface in Chile after spending 69 days trapped more than 2,000 feet below ground.Â In honor of this momentous and incredible rescue, we at Gotta Watch put together videos from other big news making rescues that we couldn't help but watch every step of the way.
Miners finally see daylight - They spent 69 days in the bowels of the earth, trapped deep below the surface.Â For 17 days, nobody knew that the 33 men were alive after the San Jose Mine caved in.Â The miraculous rescue of these miners made headlines around the world.Â Â People around the globeÂ celebrated as each and every minerÂ was brought to safety and waited anxiously in hopes that the next miner would make it up alive. Here's your chance to relive the powerful moments from that rescue, starting from the first miner all the way to the last.
'Balloon Boy' hoax takes flight - It's hard to forget one of the greatest hoaxes to captivate the media's attention.Â ItÂ happened on October 15, 2009, when Mr. and Mrs. Richard HeeneÂ claimed their six-year-old son was inside a helium-filled balloon that wasÂ floating high in the sky.Â About an hour later, the UFO-shaped balloon landed, but no one was inside.Â Authorities began to search for missing Falcon Heene,Â only to discover that he had been hiding in the family home's attic the entire time.Â This is the clip that exposed the entire story of what really happened that day.Â Watch as the truth of "Balloon Boy" unravels.
'Baby Jessica' and the well - On October 16, 1987, the world watched as 18-month-old Jessica McClure was rescued after falling 22 feet into a well in her backyard. The event kept viewers glued to their TV screens as rescuers struggled to free the helpless child after some 58 hours.Â In fact, so many people watched this rescue that thousands of strangers donated $80,000 to a trust fund for this little girl.Â Here's a clip of the rescue that made "Baby Jessica" a household name.