Chile Mine Rescue Over; 33 Miners Saved

All 33 of the men trapped for 69 days in a collapsed mine in Chile have now been brought to the surface.
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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (

TheStreet

) --All 33 of the men trapped for 69 days in a collapsed mine in Chile have been brought to the surface.

The last miner out was shift foreman Luis Alberto Urzua, whose leadership was credited for helping the men endure 17 days with no outside contact after the collapse, according to

Associated Press

reports, which described the rescue mission as moving with "remarkable speed" and "flawless execution."

It took about an hour to

rescue each of the miners through an escape capsule

with ran through a narrow hole drilled through 2,000 feet of rock, the

AP

said.

Miner Alex Vega gestures after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he had been trapped with 32 other miners for over two months near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010.

Once the rescue capsule first reached the miners, the effort to get all 33 men out took 22 hours, 37 minutes, far less time than first estimated.

First to be rescued at 12:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday was Florencio Avalos, who wore a helmet and sunglasses to protect him from the glare of bright lights, according to the

AP

. He emerged smiling and went to hug his wife and seven-year-old son. He also got a hug from Chilean President Sebastian Pinera shortly after midnight local time.

The crisis for the miners began on Aug. 5 when 700,000 tons of rock collapsed and trapped the men.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel

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