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October 12th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Chile Mine Rescue: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, special coverage of the mine rescue mission in Chile. Crews are getting ready to free the first of 33 trapped miners. We'll give you an up close look at the effort.

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soundoff (653 Responses)
  1. Monica M. Williams

    Christmas will come tomorrow for most of us when we read the news but it will come today in Chile.

    Santa will not come riding in on a sleigh to slide down the chimney. He will instead be our very own father, son, uncle, friend, husband, loved one coming up from below in a single boob sled tube.

    And when he arrives we will be greeted with a outreached arms. As loved ones exchange the gift of love.

    Thank you Chile for giving us all a Christmas miracle in October.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Lori

    Wow can not imagine working at a job like that at the age of 63 and being trapped in those conditions.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. elaine from cleveland ohio

    Its so hard to be patient.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  4. julie

    May God bless all involved with the rescue! The guy that went down to them is very brave!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  5. alexis

    hoping that the miners will all get out safe. i am very worried about the pod in which they will use to get out, but think that no one will panic due to their circumstance.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Can you imagine how dark it is going through that tunnel in that capsule? That is definetly not somewhere you want to be if you are afraid of the dark or have clausterphobia (sp?)

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. molly

    Yes Wayne, it did look off center to the hole. This is nerve racking!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Clay Patrick

    I feel they need to hurry and rescue these miners, I mean, being down there for more than two months I feel would do anybody in.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David, yes, the preparation and technology is amazing!

    I can't wait to see the 1st miner come out...and all 33 too!

    God bless the rescuers.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    God blesses all rescuers. They are special people in all our lives

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Danielle-Louisiana

    Thank you for continuous coverage of this historical event. My prayers are with the families and rescuers.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @g roach, with the experience you had being a miner and buried alive,,you can imagine a little more about what their going through. Glad you were rescued.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Nicole The Netherlands

    Anderson, can you tell us some more about the president of Chil? As I understand he played an important role in this

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Emily

    @David, Indiana,
    and also they have the oxygen that they are bring with them too.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Kathy Jo Barton

    I think the ride up would be easier than being trapped for so long!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. elaine from cleveland ohio

    I can hardly stand the suspense

    October 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Wayne Z.

    The jerry rigged snatch block that they're using is sitting precariously close to the hole! What happens if someone kicks it into the hole? Why is the top shive so off-set to the centre of the hole. This doesn't make sense!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Debie

    I was a little girl and remember Baby Jessica. This reminds me so much of what I felt as a child watching that. I am so excited to join CNN to watch with such hope and anticpation of a happy ending.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  19. g roach

    the angel of the tube is to help with the suppoet of the cage

    October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Taylor

    the first rescuer's going down! Thank god these guys are ok, it's nothing short of a miracle.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Nancy

    From a mining family...fuerza Chile. My heart is with you. And it is pronounced Co-pi-a PO, with the accent on the last syllable 🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Shirley McCauley

    My grave concern for the Chilean Miners is their eyes. After 69 days of darkness, immersing them in intense lighting, could blind them; or at least, harm their eyesight. Is anything being done to protect them?

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  23. emilia

    it has started may god bless him nad those underneath, this is an incredible moment to see on television!! May god bless them and every one involved.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Like so many other bloggers, my thoughts and prayers are with the miners and the people who are going down to help them.

    This rescue is being reported as pretty tricky.

    WOW, to watch that individual going into the mine now...what courage!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Teri

    wow Good evening everyone...

    Here we go fingers crossed here in TN

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Joschi , Krefeld Germany

    The rescue starts..God bless you & good luck!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Bob Northampton Pa

    Good evening Anderson Its a pleasure to join you as this eve as this mine rescue unfolds

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. nancy, elkhart, in

    Wonderful watching the rescue live. What an opportunity to witness such a monumental event! Thanks!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Antonio Alvarez

    Why don' the rescuers use two cables? An extra one for security!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This is so exciting to watch. I feel so hopeful for the men and their families.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Carolina

    Anderson, the first rescuer is going down for a check up of the duct. He is not bringing the first miner. He is going to bring all information regarding the tunnel.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Darrel Miner Tx.

    Have any of the miner's expressed concern about the size of the confined cage on the trip to the surface?

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Rita

    Watching from Canada and hoping for a safe return for miners and rescuers. Are they afraid at all of some of the miners perhaps having an "anxiety" attack and pushing to get into the capsule?

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Nicole The Netherlands

    Thankyou Anderson for having a moment of `silence` and us just listening in.
    That´s reporting !

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Emily

    These rescuers are HEROES!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    I'm so impressed with all the medical preparations for the miners. It sounds like they have tried to anticipate any possible problems the miners might have. What a coordinated effort this has been!!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    It's great to see the rescue of these miners getting started.

    Very thorough preparations-aspirin, liquid diet, waterproof clothing, video and audio communication with the capsule-to bring the miners out.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. elaine from cleveland ohio

    That guy going down is a hero. Keep him safe. Wow

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. jeff baugh

    why does the capsule appear to be at such a angle? Wouldn't that cause unnessary friction in the "tunnel" going up and down?

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. steve

    Thanks for your full coverage. My concern is that the "strap / pulley" keeping the cable centered over the tube. Has it been considered that if the "strap" breaks the pulley will fall down on top of the capsule cage. The pulley could hurt someone or lodge between the tube and capsule cage. There is no additional tag line to hold the pulley and keep it from falling into the opening.
    Just concerned for a safe rescue.
    God Bless,

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Emily

    @Gloria,
    "I am so excited for the 33 miners. It has been a long wait."
    I agree with you. Glad that they didn't have to wait until Christmas time, like they first thought.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Deron-'What an incredible rescue. I wonder how unique this particular capsule strategy & technology is relative to other similar rescue efforts.'

    Those NASA guys know their stuff don't they. Im sure there are other rescue technologies they either already have or are in process of creating

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    This is so exciting! From the first miner to the last, each trip of the Phoenix capsule will be nail-biting. (What a fitting name) My prayers are with each of them.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  44. lindy jett

    it it great to witness the amazing efforts of man reaching out to help man~

    October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Raymond

    Prayers to the family of the last miner, who without a doubt will be suffering the worst anxiety fears imaginable

    October 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Emily

    @Valentin Rodriguez,
    Good to see you on the blog tonight.
    People from everywhere in the world are praying for them. Sounds like every detail has been thought of.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  47. elaine from cleveland ohio

    Riveting to watch nd nerve wracking

    October 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  48. g roach

    i am a former miner that has been buried alive,
    these men are ready for freedom

    October 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Lori

    This is exciting!

    October 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Deron Triff

    What an incredible rescue. I wonder how unique this particular capsule strategy & technology is relative to other similar rescue efforts.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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