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Oct 13, 2010 12:49 PM by AP

Most of the Miners are out

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - More than half of Chile's trapped miners are now up and out of their half-mile-deep dungeon.

No. 17 came up into the desert sun more than 13 hours after the rescue capsule dubbed "Phoenix" extracted the first miner.

He is Omar Reygadas, a 56-year-old widower who worked as an electrician and led one of three groups down below after the 33 men divided their duties to keep organized.

He has six children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He's spent three decades working the mines - and this is the third time he's been trapped underground.


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