Copiapó Mine Rescue

A miner kneels to pray after being rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapó
A miner kneels to pray after being rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapó

Historical Context

A estimated 1 billion people watched live on TV as 33 miners, trapped underground were brought to the surface one by one after 69 days from the Copiapó mine in northern Chile in 2010.

A cave-in on the 5th August had left 33 men five miles from the entrance and they had retreated to a shelter. On the 22nd August an exploratory bore found the miners location and the miners were able to attach a note to the drill "All 33 of us are fine in the shelter". A rescue shaft was then drilled and the miners extracted via a specially made rescue capsule to the surface.

Photo Info


Photographer: Hugo Infante
Date taken: October 13, 2010
Location taken: Atacama Desert, Copiapó, Chile

Source: Public Radio International (PRI)

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  • 2010-10-13 Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground

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