Longest Time Trapped Underground
Accidents happen all the time. There have been great accidents that have caused many lives. One of the most famous is the sinking of the ship Titanic. Most of its passengers thought that it would be an unsinkable ship but they were able to discover in a deadly way that the ship indeed sunk and caused death to a thousand people. Other accidents that have made worldwide news include the Chernobyl nuclear accident as well as the recent Japan earthquake that led to the disruption of the nuclear plant in the area where the earthquake hit. But much like those accidents, there are also people who are involved that survive the incident.
The accident happened around afternoon on the fateful day of August 5, 2010 when the copper-gold mine of San Jose in Chile suddenly caved in. The mine is located at the Atacama Desert which one of the driest regions on Earth. 33 men were buried alive 700 meters deep underground. Most of the crew were experienced miners and technical crew who had less experience working underground. The 33 men were trapped underground for 69 days before they were rescued making it as the longest time trapped underground record holder.
It was originally thought after the accident that no one would ever survive the collapse of the cave walls but due to the outpouring of public cries for help, the Chilean government soon took over the search and rescue operations of the mining accident. It was on August 22, just seventeen days after the accident, that the team was able to discover a note that said that all 33 men were safe and sound at their own shelter. This led the government to increase their efforts in rescuing the trapped miners.
Once the news broke out that all 33 men were alive, more and more help came from outside the government. Three major drilling rig teams from all over the world as well as the support of the Chilean government and US’s NASA were able to conduct the rescue operations. After 69 days trapped underground, all 33 men were rescued safely and brought back to safety on the surface by October 13, 2010.
All 33 miners were safe and sound and almost all of them were perfectly under good condition except for a few that had silicosis, pneumonia, and a few dental problems. Aside from that, there weren’t any serious injuries or any harmful effects of being trapped underground for long periods of time. One miner even told the press that the entire ordeal felt like it was just a very long shift.
When the government was able to contact the trapped miners underground to tell them that their rescue would be a long and tedious task, the miners took the negative news fairly well and were able to accept the fact that they needed to be patient. The miners’ morale never faded when they were trapped inside the mine hence they were able to survive as a group. After the accident, the government was heavily praised by its support to find and rescue the trapped miners. Various lawsuits and investigations soon followed but years have passed and no charges were filed against the mining company.