Gotta Watch: They were rescued, we watched
The Fenix 2 capsule is brought to the surface with the last trapped Chilean miner Luis Urzua from the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile.
October 13th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: They were rescued, we watched

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.  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.  For 17 days, nobody knew that the 33 men were alive after the San Jose Mine caved in.  The miraculous rescue of these miners made headlines around the world.  People around the globe celebrated as each and every miner 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.  It happened on October 15, 2009, when Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heene claimed their six-year-old son was inside a helium-filled balloon that was floating high in the sky.  About an hour later, the UFO-shaped balloon landed, but no one was inside.  Authorities began to search for missing Falcon Heene, only to discover that he had been hiding in the family home's attic the entire time.  This is the clip that exposed the entire story of what really happened that day.  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.  In fact, so many people watched this rescue that thousands of strangers donated $80,000 to a trust fund for this little girl.  Here's a clip of the rescue that made "Baby Jessica" a household name.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    The 33 miners taught us a valuable lesson:

    October 13, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    As soon as I saw the name of this article, I thought of baby Jessica and the well.
    Blast from the past!

    I also *cannot* believe it's been a year since the miners were

    October 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I still say it was all faked to raise Chile's profile in the world. They were actors. They were relaxing in a studio for most of the time, and got sent the night before the "rescue" to a pre-built chamber underground, that was only about 20 ft deep. There are plenty of inconsistancies, including the underground temperature, the condition of the miners, resistance of the rescue vehicle's wheels against rock vs tensile strength of the cable. It doesn't add up.

    Now do I really need to label this as SARCASM ? I believe I do.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • camila

      I',m from Chile, I saw everything, I saw when the reporters went to that place to show us where the accident was, I saw on the tv the families waiting for their husbands, dads and sons for more than two months, I saw when they were rescued, I saw the President standing next to the machine waiting for them... Those months were horrible for the whole country. People cried when they knew the 33 miners were alive, and they cried when they saw them all alive with the families.

      October 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    Yes, because there are people in the world who believe that if someone says it on the internet, we are supposed to take their word for it that's it true.

    That's why I use the handy-dandy sarcasm font: [/sarcasm].

    Lol, btw.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bart Simpson

    Look, I'll level with you; there is no Timmy 'O Toole, it was just a prank I was playing on everyone.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ambassador Spock

    So what you're saying is that it's been a year since that one miner caught hell from both his wife and his mistress...

    October 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neil

    Let's not forget Apollo 13.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      @ Neil

      Apollo 13 would be a perfect example... except for the fact that it occurred well before CNN was around, so they don't have any CNN broadcast archive video for it.

      October 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amie

    The 7/24/2002 Quecreek Mine in Lincoln Township, Somerset County, PA rescue of 9 trapped miners was another notable date.

    October 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mom2two

    "Baby" Jessica is the one that always comes to my mind when I think about being glued to TV for a rescue. She is no longer a baby, and I always wonder how her life is now. I was 11-years-old at the time with a cousin who was her age, I felt for her as I would've reacted- had it happened to my cousin. My son recently "studied" or learned about Jessica's rescue in school. He is the age I was then, it is now a part of history class.

    October 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susan M.

    It's interesting to note that the Chilean Miners, Baby Jessica and Balloon Boy all happened in October.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |