They all have their stories – but some stand out more than others.
Franklin Lobos – miner number 27 to be rescued – was aptly presented with a ball by his daughter. But his life is a reminder that the world of professional football can be light years from that of today’s top stars.
His devastating free kicks earned him the nickname Magic Mortar, he won a second division title, he joined the national squad for Olympic qualifiers.
But, his career over, like many other ex pros from northern Chile he went down the mines – apparently to pay for his two daughters’ studies.
According to one former player, he was not interested in money or designer labels, he only cared that his family was well.
When Yonny Barrios descended into the mine on 5th August, he probably didn’t imagine that his wife would find out about his affair, never mind millions around the world.
The state of his private life is such that the identity of the woman who greeted him isn’t known for sure. At least one report said it might be his sister.
But there has apparently been tension between Marta, his wife of 28 years, and his lover Susana.
Barrios was also known as the “doctor” underground and played a key role monitoring his fellow miners’ health.
Elizabeth Segovia had to wait a long time for her husband Ariel Ticona – the last-but-one to be rescued.
Technically, the 29-year-old did not miss his baby daughter’s birth while he was trapped – by that stage contact had been made with the outside world and he was able to watch the event via a video link.
In fact, of his three children, this was the first birth he was able to witness.
Afterwards the couple decided to call the baby not Carolina as originally planned, but Esperanza – the Spanish word for hope.