The two miners who were rescued on Tuesday from the Sunshine silver mine disaster in Idaho (May 9) said they could have lasted out only another few days.
The two miners who were rescued on Tuesday from the Sunshine silver mine disaster in Idaho (May 9) said they could have lasted out only another few days. They had given up hope about an hour before being rescued, they said, after running out of food.
The two men, who had been entombed for seven days, lived off food in the lunch boxes of their dead companions.
By Thursday (May 11) the known death toll in the disaster, which happened when fire seared through the mine, was 51. Another 40 miners were still missing.
Outside the mine on Tuesday, meanwhile, a small group of relatives waiting for the two men to be brought out went wild with excitement as they appeared. Nearby, another group of more sombre people -- relatives of other miners still missing -- seemed affected by the scene, and they too began cheering and waving when the two rescued men were led out into the sunshine after a week's darkness. This film, showing the re-appearance of the two men, captures some of the poignancy of the scene.
SYNOPSIS: Idaho, in the United States....and at the Sunshine silver mine on Tuesday, following the fire disaster there a week earlier, the mood of despondency was lifted for a while. It happened when two miners were rescued, alive and well, after being entombed for seven days....waiting relatives laughed and cried, and even relatives of missing miners joined in the cheers.
Other miners were not so lucky, however, as these two -- who lived by eating out of lunch boxes belonging to their dead companions. By Thursday, the known death toll was fifty-one -- with another forty miners still missing.