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The 2010 Copiapó mining accident occurred on 5 August 2010, when the San José copper-gold mine, near Copiapó, Chile, collapsed, leaving 33 men trapped deep below ground. The miners survived underground for a record 69 to 70 days.
All 33 miners were rescued and brought to the surface on 13 October 2010, with the first miner emerging from the Fénix 2 rescue capsule at 00:10 CLDT on 13 October 2010 and the last miner emerging at 21:55 CLDT.
The San José Mine is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Copiapó, in northern Chile. The miners were trapped at approximately 700 metres (2,300 ft) deep and about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the mine entrance, following the twists and turns of the main entrance shaft. The mine had a history of instability that had led to previous accidents, including one death.
The retrieval of the first miner, Florencio Ávalos, commenced on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 at 23:55 CLDT, with the rescue capsule Fénix 2 reaching the surface 16 minutes later. By 21:55 CLDT on 13 October 2010, all 33 miners had been rescued, almost all in good medical condition, and expected to recover fully.
Two miners are suffering from silicosis (one of whom also has pneumonia), and others are suffering from dental infections and corneal problems. Two of the rescued miners had immediate surgery under general anaesthetic for severe tooth root abscess.
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