Miracle in Copiapo

It was shortly after midnight when the first of the trapped Chilean miners emerged from the rescue capsule.   After being trapped underground for 70 days, the rescue was proving successful.  This is such a great story on so many levels.

For the first 17 days when no one knew if they were alive, the 33 miners rationed two days of food in the hope that they would be found.   When they were found an international coalition of more than 1000 people began working  tirelessly on their rescue.  The miners worked to keep each other’s spirits up when they were told they may not be rescued until Christmas.  All of these people pulling together for a noble cause and they got it done.

There’s a lesson here for all of us.  Especially, in this vitriolic political climate, for politicians.



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9 responses to “Miracle in Copiapo

  1. dog's eye view

    Lovely news for a change. These so rarely turn out well.

    Was thinking it was probably very hard to watch that if you were a mine victim’s survivor.

    Although you would be so glad the miners survived.

    And it is a good lesson, dnd.

    And I would expect government was involved in the rescue.

    • dnd

      Jeff Hart, the driller who punched through the “plan B” hole is from Colorado. I saw him on the local news tonight. He’s in Santiago waiting for a flight to Denver. He’s been away from his family for two months, so he’s anxious to get home. Near the end, he was getting by on two hours of sleep a night.

      When asked whatever could top this accomplishment he responded: “The only thing that would be better than this is never needing to do this again.”

  2. dog's eye view

    NY Times story on how those on the surface kept those under healthy and connected throughout.

    Among the miners: a former soccer star and a paramedic.

    Chilean authorities consulted with NASA and submariners on how to support human life in extreme circumstances.

    Doctors carefully monitored feeding the miners with more nutrients once a borehole (tiny tube for supplies) was established. They were at risk coming off a starvation diet. (WWII provided sad episodes of overfeeding starved prisoners, much as hot beverages can kill those suffering from hypothermia.)

    As rescue day neared, they got a feast prepared to fit down the tube. No vino, though.


  3. Morning peeps, some sad news to report. Hippie Professor who occasionally stopped by here passed away suddenly from a massive heart attach the other day

    “To those of you who are followers of this blog, I wanted to let you know that its author, Jim Dougan, had a massive heart attack this past Sunday and passed away. I was a friend of his and we played music together in Cross the Dog for the last three years. Jim was a wonderfully thoughtful and kind man, and I know that he enjoyed having people read his thoughts and engage in discourse here. The fact that he was able to find people to disagree with but civilly debate was a great source of joy. Please keep him in your thoughts; even though he is no longer here, his thoughts and musings are for us to reflect upon in this webpage. Thanks to all of you for connecting with Jim.”


  4. TempeBev

    I watched the recovery of the miners until the last recoverer was on ground. When the TV shows stopped with the last miner, we hooked up the laptop to the tv and watched the MSNBC live feed. It eerie to see the last picture of the underground hole where they survived with no one there.

    The combined effort of all who executed Plan B was amazing. It was truly “good” news.

  5. Dooty

    RIP Hippieprof you added to this blog.

  6. dog's eye view

    We were lucky to “meet” Hippieprof.

    Such sad news.

    We need more people like him, not less.

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