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article imageName of the first miner to be rescued released: Avalos

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 12, 2010 in World
Copiap - Florencio Ávalos would be the first worker to leave the site of the San José mine where he has been trapped for 69 days along with 32 other miners.
"The first miner to come out will be Avalos," President Piñera said in a press conference outside the mine in northern Chile this afternoon.
Although there are three workers with the same last name, is expected that the first man to leave will be Florencio Avalos Silva, 31. He will be followed by Mario Sepúlveda, 39, Juan Illanes, 51 and Carlos Mamani, a Bolivian national, 23, who is the only foreign miner among the 33 miners trapped. It is expected that Bolivian President Evo Morales will arrive in Copiapó tomorrow morning to greet his compatriot after being rescued from the mine. It was also announced that the last man out will be Luis Urzúa, the top head commanding the shift at the time of the accident.
Florencio Avalos has been performing as the video cameraman in the multiple video recordings obtained during the more than two months that the miners remained underground at about 700 meters. The miner is married, has two children and he was the second head of the shift at the time the cave-in took place. His brother, Renán Avalos Silva, whom Florencio took to work with him at the mine three years ago, will be rescued at a later time.
President Barack Obama sent his best wishes for the safe rescue of the miners and said that he is proud that American experts had collaborated with the rescue operations in Chile.
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