I was listening to the news on MSNBC and thought I was hearing things when they said that 12 of the 13 miners were found ALIVE! The 13th was found dead though. It was around midnight when I heard it. The families were all thrilled to say the least.
I am not very religious but I was praying for the hard working guys down there. Many others were too and it must have paid off because it turned out better than any one could have ever imagined. I find myself wanting to thank someone so I will, "thank you GOD" for listening to all of our praying.
Miners are required to go over exactly these types of emergencies before every shift. They used to find it a waist of time and boring but not any more! The ones trapped had an average of 23 years experience. They had a good chance because of good training but I still believe it was a miracle. Good training or Miracle, humm??… tom g
**update 2:30 pm 1/4/06**
It now seems like I made a horrible mistake! I now know that there was only 1 survivor, 12 DID NOT make it out alive. The families must have been devastated from that roller coaster ride of emotions. I will be thinking of those families for some time… Sorry about the rush to celebrate!… tom g