33 Miners’ Victory in Copiapo, Chile


From a tragedy to victory 33 miners are celebrating their unbelievable survival story in the City of Copiapo, Chile.  On August 5th, 2010 these trapped men banned together their destiny for 69 days at 2,100 feet (1/2 mile) below the surface in a sweltering San Jose gold and copper mine hellhole.

Returning Safely

It was a Pennsylvania company with special drill heads that led the 33 trapped men to safety.  From no bigger than a 600 square foot tunnel each miner stepped into a narrow compartment (Phoenix) “Fenix 2″ red, white and blue (colors of Chilean flag) rescue space capsule the size of their body designed by NASA wearing Oakley black sunglasses protecting them from sunlight, an oxygen mask and a special suit made for above ground freezing climate changes.  The men’s age range from mid-twenties to the sixties.  When a miner finally emerged to the surface he was greeted and hugged by his loved ones, rescuers and the President of Chile.  It was was exciting and thrilling.  The world watched as a big white wheel stopped.

Their unreal ordeal

They prayed and slept in the dark never knowing whether it was night or day.  Their 54-year-old supervisor, leader and hero, Luis Alberto Urzua instructed the 32 men to ration small portions of tuna and milk.  He encouraged them that in order to feel better they should exercise and sing songs together.

An exuberant “Super Mario” Sepulveda was the jubilant clown who might of danced underground came to the surface handing the rescuers gifts of rocks.  Then another miner, Yonni Barrios who had a wife but preferred Susana Valenzuela, his hot mistress.  They kissed and embraced.  All the miners believed they would be saved by God and their Christian faith.

Everyone of the miners survived this terrible unreal ordeal.  After being hospitalized none of them had injuries and seem to be very happy.  A few of the miners are suffering from pneumonia and diabetes.

Where do they go from here?

Victor Segovia one of the miners has been offered $50,000 as exclusive rights for a diary.  He and his brother, Pedro will not be sharing the money although all the miners signed and notarized an agreement which would probably hold up in the Chilean court system.

For Yonni Barrios his life has turned around since cheating on his wife.  He was offered $100,000 for his infidelity to be a spokesman for an online dating site.  If Yonni agrees to the terms of their contract, he will be making appearances on television commercials and other advertising providing he remains married.

No one has a clue whether or not the miners will be sharing proceeds from books, photos and interviews.  Did they forget to specify movie, radio and TV deals?  Their dreams are now reality.

President Sebastian Pinera expressed joy and gratitude as he visits world leaders from many countries who assisted the rescuing of 33 miners in  Chile.

The dashing Hollywood superstar, Brad Pitt hopes to secure the film rights on the unbelievable moving story of 33 trapped miners and their families.

It was exciting for the Chilean miners, their families and rescuers picking up their Visas arriving at Atlanta’s Airport heading to LA for a tour of Hollywood and attending “CNN’s Tribute to Heroes” on Thanksgiving.

Chilean Miners with Movie Producer

Finally the 33 brave miners will be able to tell their story in a movie.  “Black Swan” and “Shutter Island” producer Mike Medavoy and his Phoenix Motion Pictures have sealed a deal with the miners turning their 69-day ordeal trapped underground into a motion picture with “The Motorcycle Diaries” screenwriter Jose Rivera working on the script.

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08/31/11 – Lifetime government pensions awarded to 14 of 33 miners that were trapped underground in Chile.

07/03/11 – Fourteen Chilean miners say they can longer work inside the mines due to their physical or psychological trauma request early pensions.  Interior Minister states to local newspaper that President of Chile will decide whether or not to grant early pensions of $428 a month to these 14 miners.

A replica of “Phoenix 2″ rescue capsule will be on display until October 31, 2010 at the Chilean Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo.

October 12, 2010 – First miner rescued: 31-year-old Florencio Avalos  (video cameraman)

October 13, 2010 – Fourth miner rescued: 24-year-old Carlos Mamani (Bolivian) came to Chilean mine in search of work.

October 13, 2010 – Last miner rescued: 54-year-old Luis Alberto Urzua (their hero)

“Camp Hope” the makeshift family village was dismantled in Copiapo, Chile. On Sunday, October 17, 2010 a special celebration mass since the mine blast for a handful of rescued miners and their families.

October 28, 2010 – President Barack Obama opens the White House for a celebration honoring the NASA team and several U.S. companies for rescuing trapped miners in Chile.

November 7, 2010 – Edison Pena, the 34-year-old 12th Chilean miner rescued is now a celebrity as he walked to the finish line at Central Park, NYC Marathon.  Pena ran 6 miles every day in the underground mine tunnel singing along to the songs of Elvis Presley.  He has appeared on several TV Shows and will visit Presley’s home in Graceland and go to Vegas for Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis.”  Edison Pena nominated “Most Intriguing Person of 2010.”

November 18, 2010 – Chilean Miners and rescuers to attend Thanksgiving special on “CNN Tribute for Heroes.”

December 27, 2010 – Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida gives an open invitation and a $500 gift card to 33 miners and their families including the rescue workers paying for them to stay at the Magic Kingdom resort from January 27, 2011 until February 6, 2011.

February 28, 2011 – Chilean miners baptised in Jordan River.

August 1, 2013 – After three-year investigation prosecutor drops charges against mine owners which angers rescued miners who will appeal decision.

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