Chile From Within

¡Que Viva Chile Mierda!

Posted in chile by tomasdinges on October 13, 2010

Miners are emerging, one by one, from the Fenix 2, the capsule painted in the national colors of Chile, attached to a cable and wound around a flywheel, and controlled initially by a man named Chipo, who controls a lever that pulls them from more than a mile below the Atacama Desert in Chile.

A man speaks to Chipo on the surface, and to Don Luis, or Don Lucho, in the mine. The man coordinates the rise and fall of the capsule, connected by a cable to the surface.

There were 33 men trapped below.

The flywheel squeaks, and there is a distant banging when the capsule descends. The alarm from a nearby White Toyota goes off. There is a hum and a whine. The video stream is raw and audio engineers shift their audio feed from one mic to another. Steam, or maybe smoke, appears to  rise into the cold night from the amazingly narrow cavity.

A few feet away, a woman waits near a gurney, preens her short, dark hair and then adjusts her white hard hat. She is the wife of Juan Illanes, age 52. He is the third man to rise.

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  1. katie bonar said, on October 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    just wanted to send my warmest wishes and congradulations to all the minors, their family and friend and those that did the rescue!!! you are in my heart and prayers and it gives hope to all of us as a human race. What a fantastic ending!!

    katie bonar
    dublin
    ireland


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