Jubilation as last miner emerges safely from Chile mine

2010-10-14 07:47

San Jose Mine, Chile – To the sound of celebratory horns and wild jubilation, the final miner emerged safely yesterday from a Chilean mine after more than 69 days trapped deep underground.

The shift leader in the San Jose mine when it collapsed on August 5, Luis Urzua (54) – like a skipper refusing to abandon a sinking ship till his crew were safe – agreed to stay till the bitter end and was the last of the 33 miners hoisted to freedom.

A siren sounded as Urzua stepped out of the claustrophobic Phoenix rescue capsule before joining President Sebastian Pinera, rescuers and family members in a celebratory and raucous rendition of the Chilean national anthem.

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