Editorial: Mine rescue a lesson in united effort
ALL of the 33 trapped miners in Chile have now been pulled to safety. The scenes of celebration in the South American country have been heart-warming.
Rescue teams raised the last miner, 54-year-old Luis Urzua, to the surface this morning and Urzua's words on being lifted out of the coppermine were an inspiration.
He spoke of their strength, spirit and will to fight for themselves and their families.
But there was also the complex and highly technical operation which was devised to bring them up.
Each miner had to be carefully pulled from nearly 700 metres underground.
This has quite rightly been a source of pride for Chilean president Sebastian Pinera and the entire country. Their rescue can also act as a lesson for other, supposedly 'better off' countries, including Ireland.
It shows the best of human heroism and inventiveness in the face of potential disaster.