They're OUT - Chilean Miners Have All Been Rescued!
As we watch the rescue of the Chilean miners at the San Jose Mine, I find myself glued to the proverbial boob tube. Out in the middle of a forbidding desert, families have gathered for months, camping out in tents, to wait for their father, brothers, cousins or uncles to ascend from the earth and into their arms.
The capsule now is waiting for the 31st miner, and the Fenix or Phoenix, is showing signs of wear, being scraped with each transport upward. The tunnel shaft has a bend in it, which could have hindered operations, however, as the day goes on, the operation has only gotten more efficient. Initially it was taking 45 minutes for each miner to be rescued, but currently that number has risen to approximately three per hour.
As CNN begins to cover other issues, I scan the channels looking for an alternative. Fox News also departs, somehow losing their interest in the ‘breaking news.’ I am still enthralled and can’t bear to miss a minute, so finally settle on a Spanish speaking channel. I don’t need to speak Spanish fluently, as the real communication lies upon the faces of both the miners and their families.
Young children can hardly contain their emotions and look ready to burst as they wait patiently, while wives, girlfriends and mothers look nervous and emotional. As the ‘cage’ reached the top and is barely in view, tears begin to flow. What I have noticed as time goes on, is that the miners hugs have turned from pats on the back to sustained embraces, as they are reunited with their families. Could that be due to the wait or just the personalities of those who chose to be the last remaining few?
“Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los Mineros de Chile!” sounds out over and over again! I don’t get tired of it, and join in with clapping and shedding tears! Every man out feels like a personal victory as I am determined to watch them all!Continued on the next page