CT residents watch awe-inspiring rescue of Chilean miners

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile - Rescuers are continuing to pull the trapped miners from a collapsed mine a half-mile underground in Chile.

People across southwestern Connecticut have been watching the awe-inspiring rescue, including two Chileans with strong ties to their country's mining industry.

Cristina Godoy, of Stamford, was born in Chile, and is the daughter of a Chilean mining engineer.  She says watching the news coverage of the rescue has brought her to tears many times.

Chilean native Carlos Barbier, also from Stamford, says he used to work in the mining industry in the very same area as the rescue. Barbier says sometimes he feels like crying, wondering what would have happened if that was his son stuck down there.

When the last man surfaces, it promises to end a national crisis that began when 700,000 tons of rock collapsed Aug. 5, sealing the men in the lower reaches of the mine.

AP wires contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Max Antoine, 33, was shot and killed early 1 Family urges Stamford man's killer to surrender to police
Jury selection begins Tuesday for a wrongful death 2 Jury selection to begin in lawsuit against city of Stamford
A Stamford man has been accused of burglarizing 3 Man arrested after breaking into Greenwich business
The father and daughter reportedly tried to run 4 Father, daughter reportedly assault driver
A Bridgeport dialysis patient who recently had his 5 Nonprofit group helps Bridgeport man regain independence

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.