In one of the more remarkable news stories of the year, the first of the Chilean miners trapped underground were rescued last night. Of the the 33 miners that have survived a half mile underground for the last ten weeks, twelve have been pulled to safety via a 2000-foot rescue shaft. Ha ha ha…. shaft.
“I’m so happy!” [Mario] Sepulveda yelled, grinning, punching his fist in the air and hugging everyone in sight. Sepulveda later said he had spent the last 10 weeks “between God and the devil.”
Twelve men have been pulled out in the rescue operation in the Chilean desert [10 a.m. Eastern update – I just watched another one reach the surface] — a drama in which the world was captivated by the miners’ endurance and unity as officials meticulously prepared their rescue. [MSNBC]
If you can’t spend your day watching CNN or Fox News or whatever, you can watch a live feed here. It’s kind of like the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam, but less cute and more heartwarming. Although I don’t see what the big hubbub is all about. They’ve been living in a dark space. They’ve had food delivered to them. They’re just living like bloggers. (I’m assuming the mine has Wi-Fi.)