First Chilean Miner Being Rescued; Florencio Avalos Brought to the Surface

by Sara on October 12, 2010

in Sugar Bites

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The 33 stranded Chilean miners have been stuck underground and survived the unthinkable. The first miner has entered the capsule (11:03 EST) and has been lifted up for the last 8 minutes.

The miners have been stranded for 68 days, waiting to be rescued. Avalos, who became the cameraman who recorded the day-to-day activities of the trapped miners will be the first one rescued, said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. “I’m very anxious, I’m very happy,” Avalos’ mother, Maria Silva, told CNN Chile.

The oldest miner trapped is 63 years old and the youngest, only 18. American technicians were the “Plan B” workers who reached the men first. One by one, the 33 miners will be hoisted up in a rescue cage and will be greeted by their family members. Each will be immediately treated in a temporary make shift medical facility. They will have oxygen and communications equipment for the harrowing ride.

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