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UPDATED: All 33 Chilean Miners Successfully Rescued

Neon Tommy |
October 13, 2010 | 6:51 p.m. PDT

Mario Sepulveda was the second miner rescued. (Photo Courtesy Hugo Infante/Government of Chile)
Mario Sepulveda was the second miner rescued. (Photo Courtesy Hugo Infante/Government of Chile)

UPDATED 6:00 p.m. PDT: All 33 miners have successfully been rescued.

UPDATED 4:45 p.m. PDT: 30 miners have been rescued; three remain awaiting rescue below ground.

UPDATED 1:45 p.m. PDT: Ten Chilean miners remain to be rescued, while 23 have successfully been evacuated from the mine in which they were trapped for over two months.  The latest miner to be rescued was Carlos Bugueño, who helped organize the miners below ground.

UPDATED 12:32 p.m. PDT: 20 miners are now free, with many looking healthier than their friends and family had expected.  Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, is on hand to greet the men as they arrive at the surface.

UPDATED 9:42 a.m. PDT:  Rescuers are nearly halfway through the operation, with 16 miners now rescued, including the youngest and oldest of the group.

UPDATED 6:30 a.m. PDT: Twelve men are now safely aboveground, with the overall rescue operation running on schedule.  The miners are expected to keep being extracted at a rate of one per hour until all are removed.

UPDATED 12:45 a.m. PDT: Fifth miner, Jimmy Sanchez, brought to surface at 12:11 a.m. PDT. Sanchez, 19, was the youngest of the 33 trapped miners.

UPDATED 11:09 p.m. PDT: Carlos Mamani Soliz, from Bolivia, was the fourth miner to ride the capsule, reaching fresh air at 11:09 p.m. PDT.

UPDATED 10:15 p.m. PDT: Third miner, Juan Illanes, reaches surface at 10:05 p.m. PDT.

UPDATED 9:40 p.m. PDT: Second miner, Mario Sepulveda, reaches surface at 9:09 p.m. PDT.

A rescue caspule brought the first Chilean miner to the surface Tuesday night at 8:11 pm PDT.

Florencio Avalos Silva was the first of the 33 trapped mners to take the 2,300 foot trip to the top.

Chilean officials expect the entire rescue process will take up to 48 hours .

The miners, who have been trapped since Aug. 5, will board a narrow capsule that will be pulled to the surface by a winch. The ride up may take as little as 11 minutes. But round trip could take up to an hour.

After reaching the surface, the miners will be able to briefly visit with two family members before being taken to a hospital for two days of observation.

To assist and evaluate the miners, two medics and two engineers will be lowered into the mine.

Follow The Guardian's live blog and live broadcast of the rescue here.

The Chilean government's live photostream of the event is here.



Craig Gillespie directed this true story about "the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Watch USC Annenberg Media's live State of the Union recap and analysis here.