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After months of agony, the rescue has finally begun for the 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet below the earth's surface.
Mario Sepulveda (pictured), who was the second miner to be rescued, hugged his family, the Chilean president, and rescue workers before leading the crowd in a jubilant cheer of "Chi, Chi, Chi, le, le, le."
The miners, who have been stuck underground since August 5, will be hoisted up one by one via a rocket-shaped capsule designed specifically for the operation.
With each rescue taking approximately one hour the effort will run through until tomorrow before all 33 have been brought to safety.
The brave miners are receiving a hero's welcome as they make their long ascent to freedom and safety.