What can I say! What a series of miracles.
- They survived the collapse
- They were found
- The drills reached them quickly and with few problems
- Everyone was extracted safely
I’ve spent a lot of time designing mines. And I’ve spent some time in them. I’ve seen a few rock spalls, roof falls and rock bursts. I’ve been down to the 4800 hundred foot level. Taken a man car a mile away and descended an incline to the 6200 foot level.
But I’ve never seen anything like what has been accomplished in that collapsed mine. I stand in awe of what has been done tonight.
And I stand in awe of the rescue team. Manuel Gonzalez, a mining rescue expert was the first one down the borehole and the last to leave. He and his rescue team had the right stuff.
And I cheer with all those involved. Chi Chi Chi, Le Le Le
Now come the consequences of life. And I wish all those involved the best.