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Longest time survived trapped underground

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  • Who: The 33 of San Jose

  • What: Longest time survived trapped underground

  • Where: Chile

The longest time survived trapped underground is 69 days by "The 33 of San Jose", (32 Chilean and 1 Bolivian), who were trapped 688 m (2,257 ft) below the surface after the collapse of the San José copper-gold mine, near Copiapó, Chile, on 5 August 2010. All 33 men made it safely back to the surface via a rescue capsule. The last miner was lifted to safety at 21:55 CLDT on 13 October 2010. A drill was used to reach the miners and then a capsule was lovered down the shaft, winching each miner up individually, with each lift taking around 15 minutes each. The miners trapped were: Mario Sepúlveda, Juan Illanes, Jimmy Sánchez, Osmán Araya, José Ojeda, Claudio Yáñez, Mario Gómez, Alex Vega, Jorge Galleguillos, Edison Peña, Carlos Barrios, Víctor Zamora, Víctor Segovia, Daniel Herrera, Omar Reygadas, Esteban Rojas, Pablo Rojas, Darío Segovia, Yonni Barrios, Samuel Ávalos, Carlos Bugueño, José Henríquez, Renán Ávalos, Claudio Acuña, Franklin Lobos, Richard Villarroel, Juan Carlos Aguilar, Raúl Bustos, Pedro Cortez, Ariel Ticona Yáñes and Luis Urzúa are all from Chile and Carlos Mamani is from Bolivia.

 

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