WATCH LIVE: First of 33 trapped Chilean miners rescued

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 12 at 10:30 PM

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile -- Florencio Avalos, the first of 33
miners to be rescued, has surfaced after 69 days underground.
 
He stepped out of a rescue capsule amid sobs from his young son
and received a bracing bear hug from Chilean President Sebastian
Pinera.
  
Avalos smiled widely as he hugged rescuers, then Pinera, as his
wife, two sons and father looked on. His 7-year-old son Bairo
sobbed, as did Chile's first lady, Cecilia Morel. Then Avalos was
escorted into a medical triage center for the first of a battery of
tests.
 

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