Unforgettable scene as the first rescued miner Florencio Avalos hugs his wife and 7-year-old son after being underground for 69 days. The 31-year-old was the first to be pulled up 2000 feet in a missile-like capsule while his wife, two sons, and father waited. Hard to imagine how unbelievable fresh air must feel like after being trapped in 90 degree humidity for so long.
The second miner, Mario Sepulveda, according to CNN.com cracked jokes after surfacing and then got the crowd cheering for Chile. While he was taken on a stretcher for medical evaluation, his question to his wife was "How's the dog?" Love that!
While a list of the order of miners to be rescued has already been established, there may be some changes. A mine rescue expert, Manuel Gonzalez, and Roberto Ros, a Chilean naval special forces paramedic, who were sent down in the capsule to help with the rescue will give the miners a brief medical check. The first miners to go up were those deemed healthiest and most able to handle difficulties that might occur. The next miners to be sent up will be the weaker men who suffer from hypertension, diabetes, infections and lesions. The last ones rescued will be the ones who are strong both physically and psychologically.
Experts are predicting that it should take approximately 36 hours to rescue all the miners.
We, along with the rest of the world, are waiting and hoping that all of these brave people will be safely reunited with their loved ones after an unimaginable 69 days.