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The Great Escape: Chile pulls out trapped miners

One by one, the miners trapped for 69 days in a dungeon 700m below that could have become their tomb got into a rescue capsule and made a smooth ascent to the surface on Wednesday, straight into the arms of loved ones, cheered by joyous Chileans and watched by a captivated world.

world Updated: Oct 14, 2010 01:58 IST
AP

One by one, the miners trapped for 69 days in a dungeon 700m below that could have become their tomb got into a rescue capsule and made a smooth ascent to the surface on Wednesday, straight into the arms of loved ones, cheered by joyous Chileans and watched by a captivated world.

The anxiety that had accompanied the final days of preparation broke at 12:11 a.m. (local time), when the stoutest of the 33 men, Florencio Avalos, emerged from the missile-like chamber, smiling broadly, after his half-mile journey to fresh air. By early afternoon, 20 men had been pulled up.

The effort was free of any significant problems, and on track to finish before sunrise Thursday.

First Published: Oct 14, 2010 01:56 IST