Joy replaces anguish as Chile miners taste freedom
In Camp Hope, the makeshift village started by family members of 33 trapped Chile miners, 10 weeks of anguish culminated in tears of joy as miners began to be hauled out overnight.
San Jose mine, Chile
The crowds of supporters barely thinned the day the miners began to emerge from the mine after 69 days below the surface – even deep into the wee hours of the morning.
Families huddled for warmth around campfires, but few were staring at the glowing charcoal. All eyes were on big-screen televisions with live broadcasts of the conclusion of the deepest, most time-consuming mine rescue ever.
In Camp Hope, the makeshift village started by family members of 33 miners trapped in this copper and gold mine, 10 weeks of anguish, excitement, boredom, and anticipation culminated in tears of joy just after midnight as first one, then a second, and eventually many miners were hauled out of their steamy dungeon in a tiny cage.