Rescued Chilean miner vows to return to work underground
Published 13/10/2010 | 16:02
The second Chilean miner to be rescued after being trapped for 69 days has vowed to return to work underground.
Mario Sepulveda, 40, said he was determined to continue his life as normal despite the media attention surrounding their ordeal.
Speaking shortly after he was winched out of the mine he said: "I make a plea to the media to not treat us as like an artist or a showbusiness figure. I would like you to show me how I am: a miner.
"I will continue to work as a miner."
Mr Sepulveda's shouts could be heard even before his capsule surfaced in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
After hugging his wife, Elvira, he jubilantly handed souvenir rocks from his underground prison to laughing rescuers as well as to Sebastian Pinera, the Chilean president, who was there to greet him.
The union representative, who has criticised safety at the mine, said: "I was always sure that it would be beautiful to be up. I always believed that Chile is beautiful too. I trusted the professionals.
"I think I had extraordinary luck. ... I was with God and with the devil — and God took me."
Then he jumped up and down as if to prove his strength to everyone before the medical team took him into a triage unit.
The electrical specialist had become known as "the presenter" by rescuers because he acted as a spokesman and guide on videos the miners sent up. He ended one video saying "Over to you in the studio."