Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"How's the dog?"

This is a story close to my heart, which is why another follow-up :) Thanks to all the readers who prayed for the 33 trapped miners in Chile to come out alive. 

The rescue operation that was to take at least four months to reach the 33 trapped miners in Chile has defied expectations. It is underway to a happy ending in just two. As I write, the 14th miner in the longest miner rescue shift in history is being extracted by rescuers.  

Florencio Avalos was the first miner to reach high ground around midnight Chile local time. Chileans were waiting with bated breath as they watched giant TV screens show images of the first rescuer being sent down the escape tunnel. Only a government photographer and Chile's state television channel have been allowed to film. Then walked out Avalos and a round of applause followed. 

Even as the rescue operation is on, questions are being raised about the condition of labor and their safety standards in Chile. But for the families of the rescued, it's a 69-day long waiting period finally coming to an end. Smiles and relief is what you can see on everyone's faces

Sixth miner, Osman Araya, embracing his wife as rescuers look on

It's celebration time and they're celebrating! Guess what the second miner, Mario Sepulveda, said after coming out of the hell hole? He kissed his wife, gazed into her eyes and asked, "How's the dog?" ;)

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