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Last Updated: Thursday October 14 2010 08:29 GMT

In pics: Chile miners being freed

The rescue operation begins at the San Jose mine in Chile. The moment the capsule reaches the miners, containing rescue worker Manuel Gonzales, is captured on a webcam.

The rescue operation begins at the San Jose mine in Chile. The moment the capsule reaches the miners, containing rescue worker Manuel Gonzales, is captured on a webcam.

The families of all 33 men wait nervously. As news arrives that the first man, Florencia Avalos, is on his way to the top, his family and the President of Chile wait near the entrance.

The families of all 33 men wait nervously. As news arrives that the first man, Florencio Avalos, is on his way to the top, his family and the President of Chile wait near the entrance.

Each miner will get inside the rescue shaft one by one. Mario Sepulveda hugs President Sebastian Pinera after he became the second miner to be rescued.

Each miner will get inside the rescue shaft one by one. Mario Sepulveda hugs President Sebastian Pinera after he became the second miner to be rescued.

Loads of people are gathered at the mine celebrating as the men are released. Mario Sepulveda shows his happiness!

Loads of people are gathered at the mine celebrating as the men are released. Mario Sepulveda shows his happiness!

The rescue operation is being watched live all over the world. This man in the Philippines watches as Florencio is brought to the surface.

The operation is being watched live all over the world. This man in the Philippines watches the rescue.

It takes the capsule about 15 minutes to get to the top. Rescue workers prepare to pull out the third man, Juan Illanes Palma. Each miner will be taken straight to hospital.

It takes the capsule about 15 minutes to get to the top. Rescue workers prepare to pull out each miner. They will be taken straight to hospital.

The fourth miner to reach the surface is Mamani Solis - the only miner not from Chile. Solis will be checked over, and if he's ok, he will fly to Bolivia in the Presidential plane.

Mamani Solis was the only miner not from Chile. Solis will be checked over, and if he's ok, he will fly to Bolivia in the Presidential plane.

Mario Gomez free from the being trapped in the mine in Chile.

Mario Gomez, at 63 he's the eldest of the 33 miners. He's been working in the mines since he was 12.

People on the streets of Copiapo, are following the rescue operation. Its expected to take about two days to bring all the miners up to the surface.

People on the streets of Copiapo, where most of the miners live, followed the rescue operation. It took 22 hours to bring all the miners up to the surface.

Jimmy Sanchez was the fifth miner to be rescued.

Jimmy Sanchez, the youngest miner at only 19 years old, had been working in the mines for only a few months before getting trapped.

Claudio Yanez being freed.

During their rescue, the miners wore a harness which monitored their heart rate, breathing, temperature and oxygen use.

Luis Urzua

The rescue team celebrated with massive cheers, songs and applause as Luis Urzua, the last of the 33 men to reach the surface, was winched up.