Florencio Avalos and family
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First Chile miner rescued after 69 days underground

13 October 2010 Last updated at 04:53 BST

The first of the 33 miners trapped deep underground for 69 days in northern Chile has been rescued.

Florencio Avalos, 31, was winched up a 624m shaft in a custom-built capsule, wearing an oxygen mask and a belt monitoring his vital signs. He was met by his young daughter in emotional scenes.

The men have been trapped below ground since a tunnel collapsed at the mine on 5 August.

Officials say the last man out will be shift leader Luis Urzua.