Phil Smith

Director of Communications, United Mine Workers of America

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Director of Communications for the United Mine Workers of America

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As of 3pm this afternoon in Chile, 18 miners had been pulled from the underground chamber where they were trapped when the Mina San José collapsed more than two months ago.

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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.

Will the Saga of Trapped Miners Have a Happy Ending?

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.

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