The 2010 Copiapó mining accident, also known then as the “Chilean mining accident“, began in the afternoon of Thursday, 5 August 2010 as a significant cave-in at the troubled 121-year-old San José copper–gold mine. The mine is located in the Atacama Desert about 45 kilometers (28 mi) north of the regional capital of Copiapó, in northern Chile. The buried men, who became known as “Los 33” (“The 33”), were trapped 700 meters (2,300 ft) underground.
A rescue capsule, was constructed by the Chilean Navy with design input from NASA.
The rescue effort to retrieve the miners began on Tuesday, 12 October 2010. Dubbed Operación San Lorenzo (Operation St. Lawrence) after the patron saint of miners, after a couple of days all the men were rescued.
Some of the 33 miners who were rescued from the San Jose mine in Chile after the collapse that occurred in 2010 in that country will be present in Guanajuato during the formal ceremony where distinguished guest Hector Ricardo Núñez Muñoz will be named Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Chile in Mexico.
This was announced by Mayor Edgar Castro Cerrillo who said that, on Monday July 11, the Ambassador of Chile and some of the miners who were rescued, will be welcomed to the city of Guanajuato as guests of honor.
He said that both the municipality and the government of Chile will take care of the expenses to transfer the capsule “Phoenix 2”, which was used for the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped, including plane tickets and all travel expenses.
The ceremony will be carried out on July 11, National Miner’s Day.
Source: El sol de leon