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All Chiliean miners now rescued

October 14, 2010

I don’t know what I can add to this story.

This is Mario Sepulveda celebrating his return to the surface.

The Chilean president, Sebastian Pinera, seems to have been pivotal in making sure this whole, incredible complicated, rescue worked. Well done to every member of the various teams, including the American drilling team, who worked so hard on the surface.

That every one of the miners survived this terrible ordeal with no major injury or affliction is quite incredible. Their will power, faith and support for each other, especially during those first 17 days when there seemed no possibility that anyone would ever even know they were alive, should be an example to us all. And so many of us have been glued to our TV screens for the last 2 days, watching the rescue.

Read the full story: here and on many other pages of the BBC’s coverage.

A sobering thought: How much has this cost the mining company? The miners were being paid extra to work in what was known to be a dangerous mine. How much would it have cost to make the mine safer to work in? Will they build on this good publicity and spend more money on pit safety now? We’ll see.

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  1. October 15, 2010 1:35 pm

    Fantastic story on survival.

    On the safety issue, I am with you–we will see.

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