Lindsey Chapman's Travel Blog

Misión Cumplida Chile (Mission Accomplished Chile!)
January 3, 2011, 10:59 pm
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Try and think about the things you look forward to after a long day’s work. Maybe on this particular day you were hoping to leave a few minutes early to make it to the end of your son’s baseball game. Maybe you had to pick up your daughter from daycare or finish paying the bills or do some paperwork that you had put off until last minute. Or maybe you were just looking forward to a nice, relaxing evening at home.  

As a best case scenario, any of these instances could have been the case for the 33 miners who were trapped in the San Josécoppergold mine on August 5ththis year after an alarming collapse.

I still can’t even begin to imagine the fearful thoughts that must have been running through their heads after day 5, day 30, and day 60, wondering if they were ever really going to get out of there. And that’s only if hunger pangs and physical exhaustion weren’t completely taking over their thought processes.

Thankfully all 33 were rescued and lifted out of 700 metres (2,300 ft) of mine, one by one. As the last miner was lifted out, the rescue workers held up a sign that read, “Misión cumplida Chile” (Mission Accomplished Chile!) The survival and rescue of the miners was celebrated in Chile and all over the world, broadcast on every major news channel.  Presidents and foreign leaders across the globe congratulated Piñera, president of Chile.

The people of Chile came together like I’ve never seen done in the States.  Together, the 33 miners plan to start a foundation to help in mining safety to prevent cases like this from happening in the future.

Misión cumplida Chile!