Photo of the Day: 15 October 2010

Photo: Jose Manuel de la Maza/AFP/Getty Images/Boston PHOTO OF THE DAY 15 OCTOBER Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda (left) is welcomed by Ch...


Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda (left) is welcomed by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera after been brought to the surface on October 13, 2010 following a 10-week ordeal in the collapsed San Jose mine, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile. Sepulveda was the second of 33 miners to be lifted from underground.

"We have done what the entire world was waiting for. The 70 days that we fought so hard were not in vain. We had strength, we had spirit, we wanted to fight, we wanted to fight for our families, and that was the greatest thing," said Luis Alberto Urzua, 54, the shift foreman credited with helping the trapped miners endure 17 days in isolation before Chileans discovered the men had survived the mine collapse, told Chilean President Sebastián Piñera immediately after his rescue.

The president told him:
"You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration. Go hug your wife and your daughter." With Urzua by his side, he led the crowd in singing the national anthem.

After 69 days underground, including more than two weeks during which they were feared dead, the men emerged to the cheers of exuberant Chileans and before the eyes of a transfixed globe.


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  1. this is the most inspiring story unfolded in the courage...and the photo is a great depiction of the happiness and courage they felt...


  2. This is also a big step in humanity ;)


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