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First of The Chile Miners Rescued

There’s starting to be light at the end of the tunnel for the Chile Miners.  Here’s an update of the live rescue.

Via LA Times

Foreman Florencio Avalos, the first out, steps from a specially fitted rescue capsule to an explosion of cheers in Copiapo. Rescuers hope to free all 33 men in two days.

Reporting from Copiapo, Chile —

The first of 33 gold and copper miners entombed half a mile below ground for more than two months were hauled into the frigid Chilean desert air early Wednesday morning, emerging from a cramped, life-saving haven and into the embrace of family members once forced to confront the likelihood of their deaths.

Foreman Florencio Avalos, 31, was the first of the miners to ride up the shaft that rescuers hope will serve as the lifeline for all. Avalos squeezed into a specially fitted, bullet-shaped capsule only a shade smaller than the 28-inch diameter of the tunnel and was winched to the surface over 14 agonizing minutes.

He stepped from the capsule to an explosion of cheers and patriotic chanting from rescue workers and Chilean officials, though largely shielded from the news media that had gathered from around the world to witness a triumph of human determination over geology.

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