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Last miner brought to Chile surface

Rescuers have pulled the final worker from a mine in Chile to safety after he and 32 others were stuck underground for 69 days.

Foreman Luis Urzua was the last to be pulled through 600 metres of rock to the surface. No one has ever been stuck underground for such a long time and lived to tell the tale.

Urzua’s rescue marked the end of an almost 23-hour rescue operation which was carried out quickly and without any major hitches. A crowd of around 2,000 people cheered at the San Jose mine in the Acatama desert as the final worker was saved.

After being brought to the surface, Urzua told Chilean president Sebastian Pinera: “We have done what the entire world was waiting for.”

The rescue exceeded expectations every step of the way. Officials first said it might be four months before they could get the men out but it turned out to be 69 days and about eight hours. Rescuers had estimated a 36 to 48-hour time-scale to get all the miners to the surface but all the miners were safely above ground in 22 hours, 37 minutes.

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