The Rescue of The Chilean Miners by djsgjg0045


									At 0010 (0310 GMT) the last remaining Chilean miner trapped 624m underground
was elevated to the haven of the surface. With the rescue mission commencing at
2315 on Tuesday (0215 GMT), it took a little over 24 hours to hoist every one of the
33 miners to safety in an operation which will be hailed for years to come, and which
will be imprinted on the minds of all who followed the rescue live on television.
 From the subdued reunions with family members to the more emphatic celebrations,
the event produced many memorable moments, none more so than the sight of Mario
Sepulveda distributing rock souvenirs to President Pinera before stirring the crowd
into a patriotic frenzy with chants of 鈥淐 HI...CHI...LE...LE 鈥?
 In addition to the subsequent fame of the 33 miners and the rescue workers, the
Phoenix capsule has also been subject to a new found state of glory, and is due to go
on tour following its part in the successful collection of the miners. Interior Minister
Rodrigo Hintzpeter has revealed that the Chilean government had been asked to allow
the capsule to be released to travel the world as part of an exhibition.
 The silent hero of the operation has definitely been the engineering machinations
which made the rescue possible. All in all, three drills were set up, a Strata 950
raise-bore machine, a Schramm T-130 machine, and a Rig 442. The first of the three
drilling operations began on the 30th August, with an initial pilot hole being created
before a widening of the shafts.
 The Schramm T-130 was the first to break through to the miners, with the first 54
metres of the shaft lined with steel tubing to ensure the integrity of the hole. The
miners themselves worked in shifts for the duration of their entrapment removing
rubble from the bottom of the shaft.
 By using the latest technology in drilling and completion tools, the engineers
responsible for the recovery of the 33 miners were able to save each and every one of
the trapped men, and all in a day's work.

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