Timothy E. Smith
September 8, 2013
Dr. William Rankin
On August 5, 2010 a mine owned by Minera San Esteban in Northern Chile, collapsed trapping 33 workers 2,300 feet underground for a length of two months. While trapped underground the normal shift leader managed the workers lives allowing them to survive until they were rescued. Because the ventilation shafts were not damaged during the collapse, the miners were able to breathe fresh air. A year after being rescued and sharing their stories to the world, it was said many of the miners were unemployed and broken more than before. The miners were delivered small amounts of food, sugar, and other items needed to survive until they were rescued. Once the men were rescued, they came out from the cave energized, healthy, and cheering happy to see family and friends, shocking everyone around. The miners tried to file a lawsuit against the mining company, but nothing was accomplished leaving the trapped miners emotionally distressed and mentally sick. The mine was force to shut down and make safety improvements, but it was never achieved.
Chilean Mine Collapse On August 5, 2010, citizens of Copiapo, Chile started their day off normal as usual. They didn’t think they would experience a life changing effect that would change them for the rest of their lives. Things many of us take for granted daily, the ability to be with our families, eat at our dinner table, drink cold ice water, sleep in our bed, and the ability to roam freely, this was taken from the miners suddenly. As they arrived to their perspective places they begin working as usual. Little did know the mines they have work for years would suddenly collapse and trap them. Later that same day the copper mine would collapse, trapping 33 miners 2,300 feet underground. Additionally, with a restricted amount of food, water, and air it was no certainty of the miners’ well-being. For several days no one