Rescue Begins in Chile to Bring 33 Miners to Surface

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alfonso Avalos(R) father of Chilean miner Florencio Avalos and Wilson Avalos brother of Florencio embrace each other after Florencio was brought to the surface Alfonso Avalos(R) father of Chilean miner Florencio Avalos and Wilson Avalos brother of Florencio embrace each other after Florencio was brought to the surface (Getty Images)

What started as a possible human tragedy is ending this morning as the story of triumph and perseverance. Eight of the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped beneath the ground for the last two months have been hoisted to safety. All of the remaining miners are expected to be freed by tomorrow.

Claudio Yanez, 34, is the most recent miner to be freed. His girlfriend, Cristina Nunez, was there waiting for him and asked him to marry her.

 

The BBC's Valeria Perasso has been at the mine all night. We talk with her about the start of the rescue operation.

Guests:

Valeria Perasso

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

a g from n j

there are frequent and fervent invocations of god and praise and thanks giving for the miners safety. i'd like to point out that these are sincere. i would also like to say that this is also part of a cultural expression woven into the fabric of much of latin america. there is going to be variation from person to person,which should go without saying. however,i think it safe to say that the thankfulness,though genuine,is not the expression of people whose day to day lives are highly involved in religious piety or strict observance,for the most part. i've gotten the impression that some of the north american media,confuse this issue. emotional exuberance in spanish speaking countries,during and after crisis,are ladden with the "godly" and religious. it is not so much an expression of spiritual devotion,as it is a vehicle to express emotional catharsis. this is hopefully an explanation,certainly not a value judgement either way. i'm as happy as anyone these guys are out. que dios bendiga a chile!

Oct. 14 2010 07:42 AM

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