Chilean Miners Rescue Operation Begins

Discussion in 'World Events' started by madanthonywayne, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. madanthonywayne

    madanthonywayne Mourning in America

    After 69 days trapped 1/2 mile underground, a missle like rescue capsule has just reached the tunnel in which the 33 minors have been trapped. I'm watching the rescue worker in the tunnel shaking hands with many of thte miners as I write this.
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  2. Tiassa

    Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ...

    Phoenix rising

    The capsule is now on its way up with the first miner. Phoenix is rising ... Phoenix is rising.

    Florencio Avalos, upward bound.
  3. madanthonywayne

    madanthonywayne Mourning in America

    Avalos out, 32 to go.........
  4. Tiassa

    Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ...

    One up

    And he's out.

    This is the human species.
  5. madanthonywayne

    madanthonywayne Mourning in America

    The rescue operation has been very well handled from the start, it sort of reminds me of Apollo 13.
  6. John99

    John99 Banned

    Capsule is coming in. Capsule makes contact.
  7. adam2314

    adam2314 Registered Senior Member

    Six miners out now !!..

    Rescue going like clockwork..
  8. milkweed

    milkweed Valued Senior Member

    I just watched # 9 come through.

    An amazing story at every angle.

    "he [Mario Sepulveda] jubilantly handed souvenir rocks from his underground prison to laughing rescuers."

    Great sense of humor!
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  9. Captain Kremmen

    Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    It's a conspiracy. The miners are all actors working for the Chilean Government.
    Behind that cave are luxury suites and bars with dancing girls.:)
    Joking. But some numpty is going to say it eventually.
    It does remind me for some reason of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2010
  10. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    While I commend those that have made this rescue possible I'd like to know why this accident happened to begin and what is being done to prevent anything like it from happening again in a few years. Much time is being spent on the rescue but so far nothing has been said as to what happened to have this problem start in the first place. Wouldn't it more prudent to find out why things happened and take the necessary steps now to provide adequate things to improve mine safety rather than just spend so much time on just the rescue.
  11. Captain Kremmen

    Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    I wonder how many Chinese miners, similarly trapped, could have been rescued given such heroic efforts.
    Viva Chile!
  12. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    What I find interesting is that a very important fact of the whole rescue is almost never mentioned!

    The Chilean rescuers got a HUGE help from a mining company from Somerset county. If you recall a few years ago there was a similar accident there, when the miners spent like 3 days underground although not in such a depth.

    Anyway, 3 people from the company worked 3-4 days at once without sleep using their own equipment to help the Chileans. The reason they were there because when they heard that it will take until Christmas, they knew they have a better method what was faster.

    So far they haven't been paid by the Chilean government and they said it was for saving lifes not for money.

    But I think they should be mentioned.
  13. madanthonywayne

    madanthonywayne Mourning in America

    Thanks for that info. So the Chilean government wasn't just "pulling a Scotty" when they said the miners wouldn't be out until December. This Brandon Fisher from Somerset County came in and helped with the drills needed to do the job more quickly than the Chilean government thought possible.

    On a lighter note, a miner nicknamed "Dr House" (not a doctor, but has some first aid training which he used to treat some of his fellow miners) has asked his wife and mistress to greet him upon his rescue. Sadly, his wife has refused.
    Chile miners rescue: miner asks wife and mistress to greet him
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2010
  14. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Today on TV they also mentioned the NASA helping and somebody coming in from Afghanistan I think. My bet that the Chilean government will forget to pay these guys...
  15. quadraphonics

    quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian

    It's not generally considered a problem not to pay volunteers. No "forgetting" is required, when people are helping out without asking for money in return.
  16. Cowboy

    Cowboy My Aim Is True

    I'm glad they're all safe. How the hell did they survive for over two months like that? Aside from food and water, there's mental health to think of.
  17. Captain Kremmen

    Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    Are they charging a bill for their help?
    Not quite sure what you mean.
    I hope you aren't saying that they won't give full credit to everyone who helped them.
    That doesn't seem to me to reflect the mood of the thing at all.

    One thing is sure. This, like the Apollo project, is a triumph of engineering.

    Almost a century on, this compares with the Titanic Disaster, 1912,
    but with a happy ending.

    re the Titanic:
    I have read recently that because the designer was on board, he made them keep on sailing, believing that the ship could not sink.
    If it had come to a full stop, every passenger would have been saved.

    Motto: Patience and Planning beat Hare Brained speed.

    The Chile mining non-disaster.
    It's one of the greatest stories of all time.
    Am I overdoing it in saying that?
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  18. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    What I mean that those 3 guys worked there for weeks without much sleep, while they could have earned money at home. So at the very least, they had lost income.

    They said it wasn't about the money, but me thinks they should be reimbursed with a huge thanks.. If it wasn't for them, the miners would be underground until December...
  19. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Sure, but there is a huge difference between let's say handling sandbags in a flood (anyone can do it) or very actively and with a huge sacrify contributing to the success of the rescue.

    Read the link how much they worked there. They were falling asleep STANDING....
  20. ElectricFetus

    ElectricFetus I'm just going for a walk...

    I heard about this around the water hole yesterday, imagine a bunch of biotechnicans in a small coffee lounge laughing it up "Hey I heard there is this one miner that refuses to come up. What no way, why? Because his wife AND his mistress will be waiting for him up top, HAHAHAHA" funny but what do you know its mostly true!

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