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Located in the hot Chilean desert of Atacama Is the San Jose mine that became the focus of drama The miners reported for work, to start their day Totally unaware of what was coming their way. It was August the tenth two thousand and ten When an almighty thunder left them shaken There had been a cave-in, and that was the sound Now they were trapped half a mile underground. But water and food were in short supply They were all worried, they’d starve and die Meanwhile up above the bad news had spread They feared all thirty three miners were dead. The main task now was to recover their bodies So funerals could be arranged for their families For the relatives they set up, a ‘camp of hope’ Counselling was provided, to help them cope. Mothers, wives, children and girlfriends too Just prayed, kept a vigil, it was all they could do Small drills they used to bore into the ground Hoping and praying that their bodies be found. On August the twenty second, a drill was seen below The miners banged it with hammers to let them know They also attached a note to show they were not dead ‘We’re all well in the refuge’, that’s what the note said. The rescuers found the note and heard a banging sound The news spread like wildfire, the miners had been found It was surely a miracle of that there’s no doubt But the problem that they had was how to get them out. Specialists from NASA and the Chilean Navy Came to assist in the rescue, of the thirty three A camera was sent down, found them all alive Rationing their food had enabled them to survive. All their families were ecstatic, some were in shock A giant drill was brought in that could bore into rock Food and water they managed to send down the test hole Isolation and claustrophobia had taken their toll. Their spirits rose when they knew they’d been found Preparations for rescue were being made above ground A giant drill that is used when searching for oil They used for the rescue to bore through rock and soil. It took just under two months for them to bore through A man-size capsule was then lowered, the Phoenix two When each miner was brought out, there were loud cheers All the families were emotional, some burst into tears’. It was the twelfth of October when the rescue began And they finished the next day, they saved every man For sixty nine days they had managed to survive A billion people saw the rescue on television live. Written 21 February 2018

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Date: 2/15/2020 6:10:00 PM
oh yes, I think that is the one I saw a movie about. It was incredible. how they survived. I see this got an Hm with Brian. Congrats, Tom.
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Date: 2/15/2020 6:52:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, it was amazing to see everyone working together, they never gave up. Tom
Date: 2/25/2018 5:57:00 AM
Absolutely brilliant Tom, I really enjoyed the way you wrote about this momentous event in such a poetic way, It makes you think how resourceful we humans can be in a time of crisis. well written. :))
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Date: 2/25/2018 6:06:00 AM
Thank you Roy, It was amazing how offers of help came from all over the world and crossed the language barriers, it does restore your faith in mankind. It was a truly amazing rescue. Tom
Date: 2/23/2018 12:32:00 PM
Known or not this is a fascinating story perfectly said my friend, To. Much enjoyed!
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Date: 2/24/2018 3:45:00 AM
Thank you Demetrios, They were all so lucky to get out of that situation alive. A remarkable achievement on behalf of everyone involved in the rescue. Tom
Date: 2/23/2018 6:51:00 AM
- It was a miracle, no doubt - I think the whole world knows this story - Really impressive writing, Tom - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/23/2018 7:17:00 AM
Thank you Sunshine, Yes it grabbed everyone's attention, it fascinated me every day I followed the progress of the rescuers who did a fantastic job. Such a relief too, when they brought up that last miner as the whole world watched. Tom
Date: 2/22/2018 7:39:00 PM
Tom, you are a great storyteller. Such an amazing rescue !
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Date: 2/22/2018 9:03:00 PM
Thank you Broken Wings. It had me on the edge of my seat for weeks and such an emotional feeling when they got that last man out.So great to see the international community doing whatever they could to help, and drilling through half a mile of solid rock and soil took some doing. Tom
Date: 2/22/2018 3:15:00 PM
I think this is the very same story I saw in the movie a few years ago . It is truly an inspiring story and you captured the details of it very well, Tom!
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Date: 2/22/2018 4:25:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, After researching it I was concerned that I hadn't captured the whole story in such a short verse, there was so much more I could have said.Hopefully there was enough to tell the story, It's one that has always fascinated me. Tom.
Date: 2/22/2018 7:39:00 AM
I remember the incident as well and the miners will to survive was astonishing…A fantastic write describing the whole incident! Spot on write Tom!~Che :)
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Date: 2/22/2018 8:11:00 AM
Thank you Cheryl, I wasn't sure if I had managed to capture the main story.There is so much more to tell.It was amazing how the international community came to help with advice and equipment and restores your faith in humanity, and best of all it had a happy ending. Tom
Date: 2/22/2018 7:37:00 AM
Hi Tom, I remember the incident very well. You told it and described it well. Good content and rhymes. I agree, the fact that none of them perished was indeed a miracle. Excellent write and tribute to the "San Jose" miners:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/22/2018 7:58:00 AM
Thank you Alexis, It was something that captivated the whole world,I cant imagine the emotions of their families' when it was found that they were all alive, but it amazes me how they managed to get home comforts to them down that test hole they bored, food, medicine, iPods and even a small TV with recorded football on.I remember watching the rescue,very emotional when the first miner came up Tom
Date: 2/21/2018 11:00:00 PM
Tom, Wow, you've just blown me away! I have wracked my brain, I have no recollection of this event, at least not of this fairly recent one. I won't forget this poem, and to say I faved it does not seem right somehow, but I will. Mick
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Date: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM
Thank you Mick, There is so much to this story and I hope I managed to give a clear picture in so few words. There was even a film made ,The 33. Tom
Date: 2/21/2018 9:44:00 PM
I do remember the incident ..nicely done Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 2/21/2018 11:57:00 PM
Thank you Eve, It's an incredible story of survival and what makes it stand out so much is that they were all rescued, so many mine cave-ins usually end with many fatalities. Tom
Date: 2/21/2018 9:22:00 PM
Amazing real life story and you captured every detail with amazing poetry. You are a gem. Bless you for preserving history in your writes.
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Date: 2/21/2018 9:30:00 PM
Thanks Rhoda, A fascinating story, I'd been wanting to do one about this for a while so started reading up on the facts of the story. I can still see that first miner being rescued.A happy ending to what could have been a terrible tragedy. Tom
Date: 2/21/2018 4:08:00 PM
I remember this horrific event, your poem is great and explains it very well..
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Date: 2/21/2018 4:17:00 PM
Thank you s.o., It has always fascinated me and I hope I was able to capture all the main points,I could have wrote pages there's so much to tell, One amusing tale was one of the miners wives was waiting and so was his girlfriend I don't think he wanted to come up. Tom.
Date: 2/21/2018 3:58:00 PM
Hiya Tom, yes i remember this vividly, Your poetry does it a service, to the whole aspect..glad i came. truly a wonderful poem.
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Date: 2/21/2018 4:22:00 PM
Thank you Harry, Its a fascinating story of survival against the odds, I hope I was able to do it justice in a short poem. Tom