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First of Chile's trapped miners is rescued
by 張淵程 2011-01-18 15:55:50, Reply(0), Views(293)

第一位智利礦工成功獲救 重見天日

央廣 更新日期:2010/10/13 11:27 吳寧康

The first of 33 trapped miners has been pulled to safety in a capsule barely wider than a man's shoulders, an emotional breakthrough as a two-month ordeal inside a Chilean mine nears its end. Skip related content

Rescuers, relatives and friends broke into jubilant cheers as 31-year-old father-of-two Florencio Avalos emerged on the surface to breathe his first fresh air in 69 days after a claustrophobic ascent of around 2,050 feet through thick rock.

Rescuer Manuel Gonzalez took 17 minutes to descend the shaft and he was hugged by the waiting miners. He then took just minutes to buckle Avalos into the capsule and send him to the surface.

Relatives rushed to hug and kiss Avalos, who walked out of the capsule looking healthy after his nearly 16-minute ascent. He was then embraced by President Sebastian Pinera as the surrounding crowd chanted "Chile! Chile!"

The men have spent 69 days in the hot, humid bowels of the gold and copper mine in Chile's northern Atacama desert. For the first 17 days, they were all believed to be dead, and their record-breaking story of survival has captured the world's attention.

Nervous wives, children, parents and friends waited on an arid, rocky hillside above the San Jose mine as rescue teams started an evacuation expected to take up to 48 hours.

Pinera earlier sang to the strums of a guitar played by Mining Minister Laurence Golborne around a campfire as relatives waited anxiously for their loved ones.

The specially-made steel cages are equipped with oxygen masks and escape hatches in case they get stuck.

Jessica Salgado's nerves jangled as she waited for her husband Alex to emerge.

"The first thing I'm going to do is hug him hard, tell him how much I love him and how I've missed him all this time," she said.

Rescuers on Monday successfully tested a capsule, dubbed "Phoenix" after the mythical bird that rose from the ashes, after reinforcing part of the narrow escape shaft with metal casing to prevent rocks falling and blocking the exit.

Each man's journey to safety should take about 15 minutes. The capsule travels at about 3 feet per second, or a casual walking pace, and can speed to 10 feet per second if the miner being carried gets into trouble.

They have been told to keep their eyes closed and will be given dark glasses to avoid damaging their eyesight after spending so long in a dimly-lit tunnel. They will then be under observation at a nearby hospital for two days.

在受困超過2個月後,31歲的阿瓦洛斯(Florencio Avalos)在台灣時間上午11點12分順利重見天日,成為第一位被救出地面的智利礦工,智利總統品尼拉(Sebastian Pinera)與玻利維亞總統莫拉萊斯(Evo Morales)都在現場,和來自全球的新聞媒體記者、以及礦工們的親友,共同見證人類近代災難救援史上最偉大的一刻。

阿瓦洛斯是2個孩子的父親。阿瓦洛斯的母親席瓦(Maria Silva)表示,她對於兒子被選為第一獲救者一點也不驚訝,她非常以阿瓦洛斯為榮。

回到地面後,礦工將進入一條充氣隧道,並戴上墨鏡,避免久處地底的雙眼遭到陽光傷害。救護車會送他們到臨時醫院,由醫師檢查身體狀況,如果狀況許可,他們就可以和少數親屬短暫團聚,重溫天倫之樂,再搭乘直昇機前往科皮亞波的地區醫院,進行治療並好好休養。

這33名礦工是在8月5日遭逢礦災,被埋困在智利北部城市科皮亞波(Copiapo)附近的艾斯泰本(San Esteban)金銅礦場地底,被埋在地底已超過2個月。

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