Before even the clothes of the Wild Boar football team players had dried following the last dramatic escape mission on Tuesday from the flooded cave, already plans were being made to turn their heroic tale into a Hollywood movie. Eight years ago, 33 Chilean miners were stuck underground for 69 days after a cave-in, before their torment was turned into a motion picture starring Antonio Banderas. The boys are aged 11 to 16 and even their coach is only 25, whereas the Chilean miners were all grown men.
The moment the white torpedo-shaped container finally surfaced, having been slowly pulled up the half-mile-deep rescue tunnel, people worldwide felt relief—and wonder. It was October 13,a time otherwise notable for troubling headlines and economic meltdowns, and the sight was as inspiring to some as the great NASA rocket launches of decades ago. The exhibition, which opened just before the first anniversary of the mine collapse and will remain until May, includes other relics of the operation and some mementos, such as the Bible the miners prayed with daily and the watch they used to mark the days underground.
In sound and pictures - how the Chilean miners were found alive and eventually rescued. After surviving their long ordeal underground, Chile's 33 miners now face a new challenge: how to handle their new-found fame. Portraits of all 33 miners who were trapped in Chile. The challenges of resuming daily life faced by the 33 miners.
After the state-owned mining company, Codelcotook over rescue efforts from the mine's owners, exploratory boreholes were drilled, and seventeen days after the accident a note was found taped to a drill bit pulled back to the surface: "Estamos bien en el refugio, los 33" "We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us". Three separate drilling rig teams, nearly every Chilean government ministry, the United States' NASA space agency, and a dozen corporations from around the world cooperated completing the rescue. On 13 October the men were winched to the surface one at a time, in a specially built capsule, as an estimated 1 billion people worldwide watched.
By Larry Getlen. His co-worker, Franklin Lobos, disagreed. Unknown to them, this was but one part of an incredible collapse occurring throughout the mine.
The rescue had finally begun. My boy is finally safe. During their more than two months of confinement, the miners and their determination to survive have inspired this country and riveted the world. Their endurance has begun to pay off.
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