Chilean Mine Rescue By the Numbers

Suzanne Murray
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chilean mine rescue overThe world watched, filled with hope and joy, as each of 33 Chilean miners were rescued from the mine they had been trapped in since August 5. No one has ever been trapped for so long and survived. The last of the miners, Luis Urzua, the foreman who is credited with holding the men together throughout their long ordeal, was rescued this evening.

Upon emerging from the dark hole, he told Chilean President Sebastian Pinera:

We have done what the entire world was waiting for. The 70 days that we fought so hard were not in vain. We had strength, we had spirit, we wanted to fight, we wanted to fight for our families, and that was the greatest thing.

Pinera replied, "You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration."

Indeed, as were all of the miners, and their families.

Here is an account of their ordeal by the numbers.

33: The number of miners who were rescued.

21: Yonni Barrios was the twenty-first miner to be rescued, and is now known as Miner 21. He's becoming famous because his wife Marta Salinas was not there to greet him after his rescue. Instead Barrios was met by his girlfriend Susana Valenzuela.

69: The number of days that the 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground.

2,000: The miners were trapped underground below this many feet of rock. (The crowd awaiting the miners was also estimated to be 2,000 people.)

54: Age of Luis Urzua, the last miner rescued and the foreman in charge when an explosion caused the mine to collapse. He is credited with keeping the men hopeful.

1,357: Number of minutes it took rescuers to complete today's successful mission.

$1,600: The rough monthly salary of the miners.

700,000: Tons of rock that collapsed on August 5 and entombed the 33 men.

7: Age of the son of Florencio Avalos, the first man who emerged from the missile-like rescue chamber.

22,000,000: Rough estimate of the number of dollars spent on the rescue operation.

17: Number of days that went by before anyone knew the men were still alive.

24: The number of the rescued miners who live in the town of Copiapo, Chile.

19: Age of Jimmy Sanchez, the youngest miner to be rescued, who is dad to a months-old baby.

63: Age of Mario Gomez, the oldest of the miners to be rescued. Gomez suffers from a lung disease.

300: Number of people who worked on the rescue or helped to keep the men alive with supplies (food, medicine, shaving cream) during their underground ordeal.

Infinite: Number of people filled with joy upon hearing of or watching the miners' rescue.

 

(Note: All numbers and quotes are derived from AP.)

 

Image via HUGO INFANTE/GOVERNMENT OF CHILE/Flickr

 

 

 

 

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