Miners get free vacation, mon

2010-10-16 15:01

Kingston – Jamaica is offering the 33 rescued Chilean miners a free vacation on the

Caribbean island after their 69-day ordeal underground.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced the offer in Kingston

along with Gordon “Butch” Stewart?– a prominent local businessman and

chairperson of Sandals Resorts, which operates a chain of hotels in Jamaica and

the Caribbean?– according to a Jamaica Information Service statement released

late yesterday.

Calling the rescue a miracle, Bartlett said the offer included the

miners’ spouses and the rescuers who helped bring the 33 up from the earth’s

depths this week after more than two months trapped in a northern Chilean copper

and gold mine.

“It is fitting and appropriate that we in Jamaica extend a loving

hand to our brothers and sisters in South America who endured such a demanding

ordeal, yet emerged victorious despite all odds,” Stewart said.

The miners have become global media stars since their widely

watched rescue, and have been showered with job offers and gifts, including

invitations to visit the Greek isles and Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in

Tennessee, as well as to attend European football matches.

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