The first miner to return home after spending 69 days underground in Chile has spoken of his relief at being rescued – and his anger at being trapped in the first place.
Edison Peña was the 12th miner to be brought out.
He and the 32 others are suing the mine’s operators.
“I’m talking so that such an accident never happens again, neither in my country nor anywhere in the world,” he told reporters outside his home. “Why do these things happen? Because the boss wants to make money. And the workers, what happens to the workers? The boss says just go on in… even though the workers are telling him the mountain’s making noises… go on in, go on in. That’s what! I don’t want to be controversial but I’m really angry… and that’s why I’m talking to you, because that will help me with my battle, so that things change, we want improvements.”
Peña said he never lost hope that he and his fellow miners would be rescued.
He added that he wanted to give thanks to all who had helped. The prayers of ordinary people, he said, had touched him.
The miner confided that he was worried about finding a job in the future. In the meantime one offer this die-hard Elvis fan may wish to take up is a trip to Memphis to visit the singer’s home at Graceland.