Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chilean Miners

What an emotional night. I've been watching the ascent of the first couple of Chilean miners to the surface after 65 days in the mine. The whole process is mind-boggling! That capsule is so small, the pully system so basic, yet so advanced. 15 minutes in utter darkness to reach family, friends, the President, and your coworkers.

I think this will be one of those events that people around the world talk about: do you remember watching the rescue of the Chilean miners? It reminds me of watching the rescue of baby Jessica when she fell in the well all those years ago.

Did you or are you watching the rescue?

I have Wednesday off from work and I know I will find myself drawn to the TV to watch as the rescue progresses. The strength of the human spirit, a community coming together...it's all overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

Wednesday morning update: 12 miners are out! I've discovered that CNN has a running blog describing what is happening at the site so I was able to read about the rescue of the 9 miners that I missed while I was asleep. I love that they are telling what each miner wanted to have in the mine whiel they were trapped (crucifix, Elvis music, cigarettes, etc) and who is on the surface waiting for them. The Chilean President seems wonderful, greeting each man with a real hug that seems so genuine.

8 comments:

farmlanebooks said...

I've just woken up and seen clips of the rescue on breakfast news. It is wonderful to see them all so happy - there should be more positive news stories.

Amanda said...

I was really young, but i remember when Baby Jessica fell in the well...

Deb said...

I remember Baby Jessica! I sat up last night watching this as well. I can not even imagine what the miners and their families have been through. Thank God for the rescue.

Hull.Margaret said...

I stayed up to watch the first one, then fell asleep. I turned the TV on first thing to see how many I had missed.
What an amazing blessing to be able to watch.
Penny

Aths said...

I was watching the news too and I'm just as amazed! 60+ days! Shocking!

Suzanne said...

I just watched the last miner being brought up. Truly amazing. I cannot believe how physically well they look considering what they have endured.

Danielle said...

I'm still watching as the next to last rescue worker is coming up. I admire the teamwork of everyone involved at all levels. Inspiring!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Everyone--I was glued to the TV all day watching the rescues until everyone was out. What an amazing story. I was pleased to see the Chilean president there for each man as he emerged. As you say, nice to see a positive story out there