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Latino Daily News

Wednesday October 13, 2010

Chilean Miner Rescue: A Study in Faith

The world was mesmerized by the incredible endurance and spirit of the Chilean Miners. Most notable was their faith (mostly Catholic) and belief in a higher power to persevere. Several of these men were seen wearing crosses and holding prayer cards. Here are their names:

1. Florencio Avalos Silva, 31, video operator for the underground miner communications. First to emerge.
2. Mario Sepúlveda Espinace, 39, the ‘journalist’ commentator who moderated the video broadcasts. Second to be rescued.
3. Juan Illanes Palma, 52, served in Chilean army, third to come up.
4. Carlos Mamani Solís, 23, of Bolivia, the only non-Chilean trapped.
5. Renán Avalos Silva, 29, brother of Florencio Avalos.
6. Mario Gómez Heredia, 63, the oldest of the group who sent the first report to the surface that they were alive.
7. Jimmy Sánchez Lagues, 19, the youngest.
8. Ariel Ticona Yanez, 29, became a father during the ordeal. His daughter was named Esperanza, for Hope.
9. Edison Peña Villarreal, 34, ran 10 kilometres every day in the underground mine shafts.
10. Víctor Zamora Bugueño, 33, wrote poetry underground.
11. Raúl Bustos Ibañez, 40, survived the Chilean earthquake earlier this year, which destroyed his job as a mechanic. Found new job at mine, where he thought he would find more peace.
12. Claudio Yanez Lagos, 34, promised he will marry the mother of his children, when he emerges. She proposed to him while he was trapped. They’ve known each other for 25 years and have grandchildren.
13. Víctor Segovia Rojas, 48, kept a journal in the underground.
14. Jorge Galleguillos Orellana, 56, suffers high blood pressure and has complicated medical issues.
15. José Henriquez González, 54. The number 33 is his fate: married for 33 years, working at the mine for 33 years, and one of the 33 trapped men.
16. Samuel Avalos Acuña, 43, had been a street seller of wares and had hoped for a better life in the mine.
17. Claudio Acuña Cortes, 34, football fan who plans to greet his wife wearing his team’s shirt.
18. Franklin Lobos Ramírez, 53, avid football player who received greetings from Spain’s David Villa.
19. Osman Araya Araya, 30, experienced a nervous collapse underground.
20. Yonni Barrios Rojas, 50, played nurse to his comrades in the mine.
21. Alex Vega Salazar, 31 , his father is an emergency doctor and changed his name in order to help in the rescue. Family members were not supposed to be part of the rescue team.
22. Richard Villarreal Godoy, 27
23. Daniel Herrera Campos, 27
24. José Ojeda Vidal, 46
25. Luis Urzúa Iribarren, 54
26. Carlos Barrios Contreras, 27
27. Omar Reygada Rojas, 56
28. Juan Carlos Aguilar Gaete, 49
29. Carlos Bugueño Alfaro, 27
30. Pedro Cortés Contreras, 25
31. Pablo Rojas Villacorta, 45
32. Darío Segovia Rojo, 48
33. Esteban Rojas Carrizo, 44

Photo Credits: Juan Laverde for HS News