Chile miners: The roster of the rescued at Chilean mine [UPDATED]
The 33 miners trapped in Chile are being brought to the surface one at a time in a special capsule. They wore dark glasses to protect against the first bright light they had seen in 69 days. The first to be rescued are:
18. Esteban Rojas, 44. During his time underground, Rojas asked his wife of 25 years to renew their vows, and promised a formal marriage ceremony after the rescue. He reportedly had gone to work at the mine the day of the collapse to make up a day he missed to attend a relative’s funeral.
19. Pablo Rojas, 45, was working in the mine so that his son could attend medical school. He’s been married 21 years. Rojas was trapped along with two of his cousins, Victor Segovia and Esteban Rojas.
21. Yonni Barrios, 50, a longtime miner known as Dr. House by his colleagues in reference to a television character. Barrios cared for his diabetic mother as a child and served as the trapped men’s chief paramedic.
22. Samuel Avalos, 43. The married father of three was greeted by well-wishers and, like the other miners, moved to triage. Avalos was described as the group’s gas monitor, the one who took readings to send up to the surface. He had been a street vendor but went to work at the mine to earn more money.
23. Carlos Bugueno, 26, helped manage the supply packages sent down to the miners. Bugueno, a former security guard, had gone to work at the mine with his longtime friend, Pedro Cortez, who was still awaiting his turn to leave the mine.
25. Renán Ávalos, 29, is the brother of Florencio Ávalos, the first man saved from the mine. He and his brother began working at the mine several months ago after leaving the grape harvesting business. Renan Ávalos was among the miners who helped handle supplies.
28. Richard Villarroel, is a mechanic in his 20s who relatives described as a happy person and soon-to-be father. After stepping out of the rescue capsule Villarroel happily held up a Chilean flag and then hugged sometimes teary-eyed relatives, rescue workers and officials at the site.
33. Luis Urzua, 54, reached the surface as the last miner saved and was greeted by the cheers and applause of relatives, officials and rescuers. Urzua had organized rationing of food after the collapse and drew maps to help rescuers. He is married.