Thursday, October 14, 2010

Against All Odds, They Are All Home Safe!

I don't know how they did it! A woman on a message board I visit, said they would have to shoot her up with Valium, for her to be able to make the fifteen minute, 2,000 ft ride up through the 28" shaft to freedom. I don't think Valium would be strong enough for me. I think they would have had to resort to heroin!

I've spent the last 24 hours alternating between rejoicing and crying! The whole time all I could think about, was that one lone piece of lose rock in that 2,000 ft shaft, that would dislodge and jam up one of the wheels on the escape capsule, locking it in place a thousand feet below the surface. Thankfully that never happened. One thing is sure for those rescued . Relationships will certainly be reassessed, and choices will be made. My guess is that most relationships will be strengthened by this ordeal, at least that is my hope!

What was the most beautiful site out of all of this ordeal? An empty mine cavern!
Oh happy day!

Melissa XX


Stace said...

That was really fantastic news this morning wan't it?

A very big well done to the resuce team!


Melissa said...

A big well done to the rescue team is right!

chrissie said...

Yes, a fantastic piece of engineering and rescue work...!

Not that sure about the media coverage, though.

Brought to mind the film Ace In The Hole.....


Elly said...

What a fitting song for a very joyous ending. I'm so happy for the miners and their families. And yes, I have to agree with Chrissie, the media really exploited this.

Hugs, Elly

p.s. Jon Bon Jovi also did a great version of this song.

Stephanie said...

And we think "coming out" is hard!

Caroline said...

The scariest book I ever read was Aku Aku written by Thor Heyerdahl about his time on Easter island at the time about as far from civilisation as you could get. He was shown small carvings deep underground in volcanic caves. When trying to show someone else without a local guide they got lost in tubes you could hardly squeeze through and he had a very difficult job persuading his companion to go back when their claustrophobia had started to make them panic.

Just retelling this story for the second time in as many days has me feeling sick, what must it have felt like in that tube?

Caroline xxx

Melissa said...

@ Caroline

I'm waiting for the miners to begin recounting what their individual experience was like. Right now, we can only imagine.

When I was kid, living in Indianapolis, dad took us on a vacation to Mammoth Cave, down in Kentucky. It is a huge system of caverns, and the National Park Service gives guided tours through it. There was a three hour tour and a seven hour tour. We took the three hour tour. As we walked the flood lit safe path through the caverns, protected from deep black drop offs, by guard rails, the guide pointed out small passageways off to the sides of the caverns, where the remains of unfortunate early explorers were found. They would crawl into these narrow passages, get stuck there, and die. What a hellish way to go! They most surely remained alive in pitch black darkness, for days after their torches burned out. It gives me the willies, just thinking about it!

Melissa XX