Obama hails rescue of Chilean miners

09:15, October 15, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to congratulate him and the Chilean government on the "historic rescue" Wednesday of the 33 miners trapped under more than 2,000 feet (700 meters) of rock since August 5.

"The president hailed the rescue as a tribute not only to the determination of the rescue workers and the Chilean government, but also the miners and the Chilean people who have inspired the world," the White House said in a readout of the call.

It said Pinera conveyed his thanks to Obama for U.S. help in the rescue efforts.

The miners were confirmed alive on Aug. 22 and it had been estimated that the rescue efforts would take four months. All the miners were rescued alive on Wednesday after enduring 69 days of ordeal in a hot, humid shelter some 700 meters underground.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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