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Final Chilean rescue worker hauled to safety

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The last member of the Chilean mine rescue team has been hauled to safety, bringing the unprecedented day-long operation to an end.

Manuel Gonzalez has been the first rescue worker to make the journey 700 metres underground to the trapped miners late on Tuesday evening.

After his colleagues and the 33 miners had made their escape, Gonzalez was left alone for nearly half an hour.

The rescue moved with remarkable speed and flawless execution since the first drills broke through to the men’s refuge on October 9, ending history’s longest underground entrapment.