Chilean Miners Begin to Tell... and Sell... Their Stories
Today Show host Natalie Morales spoke with Chilean miners Victor Zamora and Carlos Barrios just four days after they were rescued.
As they viewed the museum that has been set up in their honor, Barrios broke down, “It’s like being there again.” He spoke of the first break-through, saying it was very emotional, but they “knew something good was coming through.”
Although relieved, they actually had to wait two days for the rescuers to supply the miners’ food; Barrios believed that they “were dying.” They had been living on small daily portions of tuna for over two weeks. The thirteenth miner to be rescued, Barrios videotaped the ascent and believed he made it out because of God. He said it was a joyride up to the light of day.
Zamora, expressing his fears, said, “When we became trapped, I screamed – ‘we are not going to get out of here!’” He wrote two letters, which stayed below, telling his wife to live her life because she was a beautiful woman, and to give his son good values. Coming out of the rescue tube, Zamora felt it was like watching a rose bloom when he first saw his wife.
Zamora turned 34 while underground and was feted at a birthday celebration thrown by his family over the weekend. The two aren’t the only miners celebrating. A huge homecoming party was held for the oldest of the group, 63-year-old Mario Sepulveda, which went on well into the early morning hours.
All the miners have been receiving interview offers, as well as gifts. One of Chili’s wealthiest businessmen has announced he will be giving each of the miners one million dollars.
Amazingly, Zamora will return to the mine, saying, “It’s a passion. We are proud to be miners, it’s like a family.”