Editorial: Rescue of miners has gripped us
THE world watched with bated breath this morning as the first Chilean miners came to the surface after more than two months in the dark, far beneath the earth .
When Florencio Avalos emerged from the high-tech capsule early today, he led the way by punching the air with uncontainable joy.
Here in Ireland, like everyone else, we have been gripped by this extraordinary story of survival, following closely along with the rest of the globe, the terrible ordeal of this small group of poor South American gold and copper miners.
There was something elemental about the way these men, first given up for dead, emerged into the sunlight and a new chance for life.
One commentator likened the rescue to the first moon landing and indeed the miners wore a bio-harness designed for astronauts to get to the surface.
The Chilean president called the rescue a miracle, but so too was the uniting of humanity in a common concern, even if only for a short time.