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First miner to be freed is 31-year-old father of two

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First miner to be freed is 31-year-old father of two

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Chilean media have identified the miner chosen to be the first to attempt to come up the rescue shaft.

Florencio Avalos is a 31-year-old, and married with two children.

Second in command of the team trapped in the mine, Avalos is said to be shy, and in fact it was him who first filmed the others.

He has worked in the mine for three years.

Avalos is said to have been chosen to be the first to come up the rescue shaft because of his young age – but not too young to have no experience. He is considered to be “skilled”.

He worked in the mine so he could save up to pay for his children to go to university. He himself was not able to pay for any tertiary studies.