Celebrations erupted at Camp Hope as the last of the 33 miners was rescued. As the Foenix 2 capsule finished its final journey to the surface, families and relatives of the miners sprayed each other with champagne and confetti.
Cecilia Rojo, a relative of miner Dario Segovia, said she was very emotional: “I am so happy because they all got out, they are all free again, they are all reborn.”
In the centre of Copiapo around three thousand people gathered, along with millions of others across the world, to watch the rescue on television. They waved flags and banners emlazoned with the photos of the miners.
Cheers rang out as the last of the 33, Luis Urzua, was brought out. In the Chilean capital, Santiago, the celebrations were just as intense. The success of the rescue has brought the whole country together. Santiagans sounded car horns and danced through the streets overcome with joy.
After two months of anticipation waiting for the miners to be freed, Chileans made sure the party went on all night.