October 13th, 2010
Inspired by the emergence today of Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda (known as “Super Mario”) and the other 32 miners who’ve been trapped underground for the last 69 days (read All 33 Chile miners freed in flawless rescue for more info). Tags: .
“I’m so happy!” – Mario Sepulveda (the second man out), punching his fist in the air and hugging everyone in sight “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.” — Shift foreman Luis Alberto Urzua (the last man out)
2000 feet underground for 69 days:
The human spirit never ceases to amaze.
For the first 17 days, they were all believed to be dead,
Then it was found out they were just trapped instead.
For a while they survived on biscuits and a daily teaspoon of tuna.
That they survived to be discovered was (as the locals say) fortuna.
Rescuers first drilled a small tunnel to drop food and supplies;
A video link let family and friends communicate with the guys.
In the meantime, they drilled a wider tunnel (still only 28” wide),
Upon which they later for the rescue relied.
They built a 6’ x 26” capsule to lower up and down
And bring the trapped miners back above ground.
When it was Super Mario’s turn, he lived up to his name
By pumping his fist and leaping out of the capsule (just like in the game).
But though the 24 hour news cycle the line often blurs,
It was no game and the miners weren’t cartoon characters.
They were 33 individuals with their own individual lives,
Every one of whom thanks to the mammoth effort survives.
Shift foreman Luis Alberto Urzua was the last man out
He’d provided leadership and moral support throughout.
Everything turned out a resounding success.
Congratulations to all, and God bless.
Here’s video of Mario’s rescue.
Here’s the last miner rescued, Shift foreman Luis Alberto Urzua.
Here’s cartoon Super Mario, leaping and pumping his fist.
Here’s Chris Matthews’ 10/13/10 comment on the broader implications of the rescue.