“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”;
is a quote that came to mind while I watched live on TV,
as the successful rescue of 33 miners was witnessed by a billion people, and me.
I, like the world, have followed in fascination the story of these incredibly brave men;
I, like the world, never gave up hope that they would get to see their families again.
The story of the 33 miners and the tireless, inspiring, rescue effort to save them,
always gave me pause and made me wish that I could do something to help them.
When I heard that a plan was in place to free the 33 from their untimely tomb,
I began to feel a strange and moving sensation of the magnitude of a sonic boom-
its hard to describe, and it is perhaps easy for me to say now,
but the moment that I saw the capsule that would save them I instantly went “wow!”;
the instant I saw the ‘Fénix-2‘ all my hope, and the hopes of billions, went with it,
I just knew that like the Phoenix of legend it would rise over again with every miner with it.
For nearly 70 days, 33 men- 33 brothers, no matter their age, background, or family-
survived to tell the tale of their ill-fated entombment together; and to me,
that makes them all mighty.

On 22 August, at 15:17 CLDT, President Sebastián Piñera showed the media a note written on a piece of paper with a red marker that confirmed the miners were alive. The note read: “Estamos bien en el refugio los 33” (English: “We are okay in the shelter, the 33 [of us]”) – the note was written by Miner #9, Mario Gómez.

2010 Copiapó mining accident