Saturday 3 December 2016

Survival story against all odds

Published 14/10/2010 | 05:00

TO be entombed half-a-mile beneath the ground without light is to be trapped in a living hell. For 17 days no-one even knew of their plight. A mine had collapsed under tonnes of rock; no reasonable person could expect a positive outcome for the 33 men buried in the earth's heart.

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But in the blackness beneath the impenetrable stone and mountains of rubble, a light of hope still burned in the hearts of the miners. Now their spirits have shone through.

Long before the world knew where these men were; or if there was any prospect of ever bringing them to the surface, they had resolved that that flickering flame would not be quenched by the fears and doubts that assailed each and every one of them.

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