Their ordeal is over. The 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for over two months were all freed by early Thursday morning.
Foreman Luis Urzua was the last to be winched from the dark cave where he spent the past seventy days buried underground.
Urzua, 54, is the one who kept order and imposed control when tempers frayed.
He took charge of rationing food and drew maps of the area for his fellow miners to use.
Urzua later met Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who described ‘Los 33’ as an “inspiration.”
As the pair embraced, Chile rejoiced at their against-all-odds escape.
Towns and cities across the country held street parties, singing the national anthem and waving Chilean flags.
While Chile erupted in joy, the miners were whisked away to hospital to be visited by their families – the loved ones they last saw over two months ago.