Mine Rescue Underway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The oldest of the 33 miners, Mario Gomez, has been freed from his underground prison. He dropped to his knees and bowed his head in prayer, clutching the Chilean flag.
The 63-year-old Gomez was pulled up from the ground and embraced by his wife, Lilianete Ramirez.
He is the most experienced of the group, first entering a mine shaft to work at the age of 12.
Gomez has silicosis, a lung disease common to miners. He has been on antibiotics and bronchial inflammation medicine.


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  • by Salisa Location: Michigan, USA on Oct 12, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    May all the forces be in alignment to guard the safety of the miners ascending from the mine shaft, in hopes that all 33 men are successfully rescued and that the ones who need medical/psychological attention will heal with little to (hopefully) no lasting damage from this terrible ordeal. I am already impressed that they have done as well as they (reportedly) have so far, obviously due to their comradery (sp) and the one(s) who took charge... we should all be so blessed to have such a person in our life! Bless these men, and bless this rescue operation!
  • by Kyrie Location: Rule on Oct 12, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    You were a bit slow on the rescue update, 20 mins after and while they were relowering the capsule for the next miner you reported the 1st miner safe above ground. There is a live feed online, not to hard to find either, for crying out I found it. Try to be on the ball next time eh
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