UPDATE: Last of 33 Chilean miners pulled safely to surface

By Michael Warren/The Associated Press

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — The last of the Chilean miners has been raised from deep beneath the earth. All 33 men have now been delivered from the longest underground entrapment in history.

The foreman who held the group together when they were feared lost was the last man out. Luis Alberto Urzua was hoisted to safety in a joyous climax to a flawless rescue that captivated the world

The intricately planned rescue that ended late Wednesday moved with remarkable speed — and flawless execution — hauling up miner after miner in a cramped cage through a narrow hole drilled through 2,000 feet of rock.

The 33 men spent more than 69 days trapped in the lower reaches of the mine after a huge collapse of rock blocked the way out on Aug. 5.

From elvis.com

Welcome Home Chilean Miner & Elvis Fan Edison Peña

Chilean miner Edison Peña was brought to safety on Wednesday, October 13, after 69 days of being trapped underground. Peña is a self-described major Elvis Presley fan and the 34 year-old asked for Elvis music to be sent into the mine so the trapped workers could have sing-alongs and keep their spirits up.

Graceland would like to welcome home Edison Peña, and along with the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, has extended a special invitation for him and a loved one to visit Elvis’ home in Memphis. We are so glad he is safe, and wish the very best for the other miners still awaiting their rescue.

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