October 14th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Miners together in freedom, but not for long

CNN Wire Staff

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) - A day after being rescued following 69 days trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile, all 33 men were together again in a room at the hospital where they have been undergoing tests - and in some cases treatment - since their rescue, a hospital official said.

"This morning, they had a visit with our president," said Dr. Paola Neumann, director of health services at the hospital, referring to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

"They had a really pleasant meeting, and as each one of them came into the room, they hugged each other and they were very happy to meet again, and they were very happy to be all together."

But their months of forced intimacy were to end later Thursday, when three of the miners were to be released, hospital officials said.

"The only thing that is missing is for the release to be coordinated," said Copiapo Regional Hospital Subdirector Dr. Jorge Montes.

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  1. Jean Moore shreveport, La

    For those few miners willing to go back in one, let's train them to be mine inspectors.

    October 15, 2010 at 2:15 am |