For 68 long, dark days , thirty-three men who have been trapped some 700m below the surface after a collapse at a gold mine in Chile. During that time, rescuers worked round the clock to keep the men alive and to dig a rescue shaft. A rescue capsule, named the “Phoenix”, borrowed from the Chilean navy was on standby waiting for the rescue shaft to be completed. Today, the Phoenix brought one man after another up to the surface and returned them to the sunlight. Finally all the trapped miners and the rescuers were out and restored to their loved ones.
Recalling his experience, one of the miners said, “I have been with God and with the Devil. I seized the hand of God. It was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there.”
The Lone Grey Squirrel happily joins in celebrating this miracle and congratulates the miners, the rescuers, the families, the President and the people of Chile for their display of perseverance, unity, humanity and faith.