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In 2010, rescuers in Chile raced to locate 33 miners trapped in the San José mine and lift them to safety through nearly half a mile of solid rock.

More than two months after the mine collapsed, the world watched as the men emerged one by one from a specially designed rescue capsule, looking healthy and joyous. This unlikely rescue is a tribute to the extraordinary teamwork of experts and officials from Chile and around the world.

Land of Copper

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Survival and Rescue

Explore a timeline of the disaster, survival, and heroic rescue at the Chilean mine.

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3rd Leadership Seminar: Lessons from the Chilean Mine Rescue

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Baird Auditorium

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