The world is rejoicing for the family and friends of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. The dramatic rescue took 22 hours to extract each man individually from a capsule lowered down 600 meters after having taken many more days to drill a new shaft to get to the men.
This really seems like incredible good luck that so many were found in fairly good health after such an extended ordeal.
My neighbours and friends were following this story very closely as I live in an area that developed because of the mining industry. My husband has participated on a Mine Rescue Team and knows the effort and training that goes into that endeavour.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this rescue mission!
This rescue was a very difficult one with many people involved. There were many heroic efforts made to keep these people alive. I am sure we will be hearing more stories as time goes by. Believe it or not I have actually had a tour of an underground mine, and I know how so many people have a fear of dark enclosed spaces. I certainly wasn't underground long enough to have to worry, but it is definitely an unnatural experience to be so far away from the open air.
***UPDATE***(Oct. 15, 2010)
I just found this website: World News Mining Disasters. There are lots of videos and pictures here about various mining disasters around the world.
Well.... if I was ever trapped underground I am sure I would have plenty of time to fantasize. I would probably be thinking about when and how I would be rescued. It would be quite likely that this image might come to mind:
|Thanks to Mulubinba for suggesting this episode of The Golden Hour, |
and to Maria Grazia for providing the film clip!
In Episode 2 of The Golden Hour, Dr. Alec Track is trying to rescue a man who is trapped in a collapsed building after an explosion. It is a very tense and graphic scene involving an amputation.
More Screencaps below:
|This screencap is courtesy of Richard Armitage Central Gallery|
|This one is from the screencap gallery of Richard Armitage Net|
Those pictures are much better than the Face in Hole one I originally did. Thanks again Ladies!