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Rescue workers and officials test the rescue capsule that will be used to extract the 33 trapped miners one by one at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010. The first of 33 trapped miners is expected to be lifted to the surface late Tuesday after surviving more than two months below ground. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Rescuer lowered to trapped Chilean miners

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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) -- A rescuer in a missile-like escape capsule was lowered down a nearly half-mile tunnel in the Chilean desert Tuesday night to bring 33 miners to fresh air and freedom after 69 days -- the longest anyone has ever been trapped underground and survived.


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