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One by one, the trapped Chilean miners are reaching the surface and rushing into the arms of their relieved family members. iReporters all over the world have been watching on TV, captivated by the emotional rescue effort.
Maria Collocott of George, South Africa, has been glued to the rescue efforts for hours on end – just today she’s watched 12 hours of coverage. She’s been praying for all the miners and their families and calls the rescues a real miracle.
“I always said what a terrible thing to happen to someone. I think I would have gone out of my mind if it was my husband or brother down there,” she said.
David Hagen and 76 of his classmates in Moss, Norway, have been watching the miners being rescued all day live on CNN. The 18-year-old says students made an agreement with the school that if they watch all day, they’re going to have to make up class next weekend and on some nights.
“It’s horrible what happened but it’s great that they can be saved now, that they don’t have to stay down there anymore,” he said.
“We decided to make the connection to the miners in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Natasha said. “We explained how the miners were really, really far underground, and then we proceeded to explain to her what they were doing to get them up because there was an accident.”
Eilhard Molina says his entire neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was watching the rescue effort last night. While he was moved by the rescue operation, he said his mother’s excitement was hard to match.
She rejoiced when the second miner, Mario Sepulveda Espinace – who has the same name at her late father – was rescued. “She was happy and it was really special seeing her like that. She got to remember her father and I got to share in some of that,” he said.
It’s been overwhelming and moving to see all these emotional responses coming in from every corner of the world. A collective sigh of relief seems to emanate from the newsroom and from you as well every time a miner is rescued. We’d love you to continue sharing your reactions and be part of this story.
Last night, I watched the first 7 rescues online; today I have been watching since the 17th. God has certainly had a BIG hand in all of this.
First, they said it would be likely Christmas before the miners were rescuable. God had OTHER plans. Then, they said, one miner an hour. God had OTHER plans. He is showing out as much now as He did with Daniel in the Lion's Den... different situation but just as impactful. May He use this to HIS glory!!
I just want to than CNN for this wonderfull coverage in Chile. I loved it when our President was holding a speech on how the USA did everything and went to some women about something and you quickly turned back to this nation with its tragic unfolding. God bless everyone in Chile and thank you CNN for such coverage!
truly incredible coverage. Every time there is something important going on in the world CNN is there delivering world class reporting and the world is watching. Thank you.
Thank you CNN for covering this. Each rescue brings tears to my eyes. I thought the news would be covering this dramatic event but I was wrong. Thank you CNN.
Thanks CNN! What a great story about the human spirit, wih everything wrong in the world today it is nice to see an uplifting story. Thanks for reminding us that humanity is alive and well. :)
wWHY THE HELL ARE YOU SHOWING A POLITICAL DISCUSSION .WHEN THE RESCUE IN CHILE IS CLOSE TO FINISHING . JLW
Agree with the comment about covering a political discussion when we have world changing news to see. At least they finally went to the live feed.
I have a question - how does the last rescue worker lock the door to the rescue tank so he can be taken up the shaft safely?
God bless the miners, and the rescuers! What a tremendously happy ending! What a great show of the positive human spirit!
Im waiting for the Hateful comments about Hispanics. Well??
No god is nor was required for this rescue - how about the determination of hundreds upon hundreds of professionals, geologists, miners, planners, logistics coordinators, doctors, psychologists, telecomunications specialists, consultants, etc - wanting to bring this potential tragedy to a successful conclusion, compounded by the resiliance of the human desire to survive and overcome adversity - a believable miracle would have been enough prayer to have the mountain magically part and the miners simply walk out (Cecil B. Demille-style) - didn't quite happen that way, did it? It came down to hard work, dedication, determination, ingenuity, and a deep love & respect for fellow human beings in great need - please give credit where it is really due, last I heard the world is no longer flat
Job Well done
just amazing!! my mum and i watched nearly all of the rescue on tv together over the phone, god bless the miners and their families and the rescuers are real heroes as well just amazing,well done,
Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le !!!
I watched the live feed last night when the first man came up, had the story in background on my work computer all day and watched the last man and the rescuers come up tonight. This was a real inspiration. The people of Chile have much to be proud of. What a triumph.
I cried many tears as each miner came up to the surface. God Bless the President of Chile and his Wife.Thank you CNN for letting us be a part of such a marvelous human story.I'm a Texan, but I sure think Chile would be a great place to live.Now go celebrate your miracle,and I hope someday I can come visit you fantastic people.I pray all the miners can get their lives back in order and live happily ever after. God's Speed :)
Such an awe inspiring process and outcome.
Bravo to every miner, their families, and the rescuers.
Thank you CNN for GREAT coverage of this amazing rescue, the translation of the video feed to English (I'm in the state of Louisiana, USA) was especially appreciated.
I applaud president Pinera, and his wife, for staying and greeting each miner and rescuer, as they emerged from the rescue capsule, with a huge smile and bear hug.
We can all breath a sigh of relief and, as president Pinera said after putting the lid over the hole, now we can all get a well deserved rest ...
ALL THE BEST TO THE PEOPLE OF CHILE!
Newafan77 should try telling his theory to the miners.
I watched most of this.. What I'm a little disturbed over is this thing that God did this.. This was science, men who worked hard, machinery that bore the hole. Come on folks, this is not the time to play with fairy tales... Nice job to those who worked hard and had the brains to do this incredible job..
I watched the wonderful tear of human rescue effort at the CNN International Live since last night from COPIAPO, Chile. "Mision Cumplida Chile" Congrats to All Chilean Miners and also one Miner is from Bolivia has been rescued tonight. I also saluted to the Chilean President Mr. Pinera Sabastian with his wife has been waiting for in front of the rescue transportation, until all the miners have been rescued safely. All of them suddenly became the world television reality stars. But, also please, let the world should concern to the mining impact to the environment. Thank you to all CNN reporters.
Just the fact that the miners were alive after about two weeks the mine collapsed is a miracle, Mr. Newfan77
I'm Chilean and I am very proud that there are still people that believe in God without the necessity of an angel appearing to them...
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29) :o)
..and I also believe my brain was created by God..Mr.notarrogant
Science (especially geology and engineering) along with education, perseverance, and work experience got those miners up. Don't take away from the people's accomplishment of getting to those miners by saying God had other plans, humans figured out how to get down there. It is truly unlikely and amazing all 33 came out after all this time, we should be celebrating human achievement.
well said newsfan77. Where were the miracles when miners got trapped before we had developed this technology? Why didn't god just prevent the collapse in the first place?
I hate Gringos! They should mind their own business. Im still waiting for the Hateful comments posted against hispanics....Well??
Kudos to all who helped this rescue turn out as successfully as it did. I suspect a lot of people have worked some long, stressful hours to pull this off. Well done!
I wonder how much the media is making on this story, yes its a remarkable job what they have done in reporting the misfurtune of this poor miners. Imagine how horrible has to be to know that a love one is nburried alive and you cant do absolutly nothing to save them? I realy dont want to feel that. Would have had the media spend so much in covering this story if there was no profits?
raq, dude, chill out! Why would anyone post hateful comments about anyone here (including 'gringos')? In case you didn't notice the whole world has been watching this and are mightily impressed with what the Chileans have accomplished here, and mighty impressed with the trapped miners, who showed incredible mental and physical fortitude in a bad situation. May I be as tough if ever trapped like that.
So you see, raq, there are no Hispanics and Gringos here, at least not in my mind, just people.
Last night, I watched the first 7 rescues online; today I have been watching since the 17th. God has certainly had a BIG hand in all of this.
First, they said it would be likely Christmas before the miners were rescuable. God had OTHER plans. Then, they said, one miner an hour. God had OTHER plans. He is showing out as much now as He did with Daniel in the Lion's Den... different situation but just as impactful. May He use this to HIS glory!![/quuote]
Nice ending and happy all the miners were brought out alive. But where was your god for the thousands of miners around the world that have died in mining accidents?
Give your god big time fail for those past fallen and entombed.
To lilian0121 - nice to hear that you are also Chilean, as am I - (orgulloso hasta las patas de serlo, de ahi podremos intercambiar RUNes para comprobarlo), recall General George Patton's great quote "if everybody is thinking in the same manner, it can only mean that nobody is really thinking" - please recognize the reality of today's advances in technology and science, and don't get left behind in bronze age beliefs - had this rescue taken place 4000 years ago in Greece, would you be thanking Zeus? or Odin if had taken place in Scandinavia? But no, this was, as other postings have recognized, a recognition of the power of human achievement and sound planning, with a healthy serving of determination - you may keep your dark ages beliefs and should this ever happen again (and we all hope it never does - EVER), 1.000.000 people may pray but 10 will grab shovels and dig - guess who will get there first? - I'll grab a shovel and help dig to rescue my fellow person any day :)
If you see the hand of God guiding the events of this rescue, that's your choice. But please don't let that take away from the efforts of the humans that have worked around the clock, with little sleep, overcoming obstacle after obstacle, with the whole world watching to pull these men out. The miners were not rescued because God willed it so; they were rescued because humans willed it so. The people involved in the rescue valued human life enough to sustain the sheer magnitude of the engineering project it took to save it. So please, give thanks. But give thanks to the humans first. Then go ahead and thank any deity you want.
We kept wake to tell the story
We boost out into tears to share the emotions
We thank God for this miracle.
Long live the bravery of the Chile miners
Long live the recue team
Long live all those who have been praying for a miracle like this to occur.
To God be the Glory.
Eliza Ebude- Cameroon
GOD really performs miracles. Not only were all of the miners rescued, but they all appeared to be healthy: physically, emotionally, and mentally. After 69 days in a grave half a mile deep, that is truly miraculous.
As I watched the rescue yesterday I was in awe of how a country could come together, share a sense of pride, spirituality, and a president who genuinely seemed supportive without negativity or placing blame. Instead of putting himself in the middle. It made me sad, for whatever reason, we can not be proud to be Americans, say anything positive about God or religion without being blasted. And our President would not have carried himself with the same grace and humility.
I am very impressed with the response of Chile, including the fact that they were willing to tap the best minds in the world, no matter the country of origin, to get the job done right, which they did.
I agree with the comment that we should have given the BP cleanup to them, also, with regard to the God question, I, too, wonder why the other miners in other accidents were not rescued, no answers.
Now, with respect to NOTARROGANT, please note that despite the comment that the men did such a great job, please note there were WOMEN working on the project as well, if truly not arrogant would have acknowledged that as well, as so many other comments have.
I have to agree with MegaMatt55 and Nancydancer. God has certainly performed miracles in the past, but he is not choosing to show his power in that way at this time. This rescue is a result of men and women who put their own needs aside to help out their fellow man. By doing this, they did GLORIFY God, in whose image we are all made, but if we believe that God miraculously rescued these miners, then we have to wonder why He didn't miraculously rescue other miners in the past, miners whose families were most certainly praying for a miracle.
This event inspired me. It should have inspired everyone. Some, though, were mainly inspired to make it yet another excuse to attack the president. Can't miss one of those opportunities! Others were inspired to use it as a chance to promote Feminism. God forgive us if the word "women" doesn't appear in every blessed sentence. We might think there were no women there! We missed a few. How about homosexuality? The Health Care Program? Racism? All aboard! It's back to Earth now, back to the petty, moronic, self-absorbed world we have created for ourselves. (Spits on ground.) We are not worthy to sit on the same toilet seat as the people who made this rescue possible.