Will the Saga of Trapped Miners Have a Happy Ending?

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Just after midnight this morning, Florencio Ávalos, stepped onto the Earth's surface for the first time since the Mina San José collapsed 68 days ago. Since then, the rest of the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian have been pulled out at the rate of about one every hour, watched by millions of viewers worldwide. What's next for a group of obscure workers who've lived through a real-life disaster scenario and now face massive publicity? How has the extraordinary rescue been accomplished? What will it mean for the image of Chile? Are there any lessons for miners in the United States?




Warren Olney