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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile - The second of 33 men has been rescued after 69 days trapped in a collapsed mine, pulled to fresh air and freedom at last in a missile-like escape capsule to the cheers of his family and countrymen.

Mario Sepulveda Espina climbed out of the rescue capsule and jubilantly hugged wife, President Sebastian Pinera and rescuers, and then handed them pieces of rock from his undergound home.

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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile - Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 miners to be rescued, has surfaced after 69 days underground. Avalos climbed out of the rescue capsule and was immediately embraced by rescue workers and others, as bystanders cheered and clapped.

 A rescue worker has finally entered the chamber where 33 trapped miners await their escape to the outside world.

Manuel Gonzalez climbed out of the escape capsule and was greeted with cheers by the miners, who chanted "Chi Chi Chi, Le Le Le!" and could be seen huddling around him as he began to give them instructions.

Gonzalez, a rescue expert with the state copper company Codelco, will be followed by Roberto Ros, a paramedic with the Chilean Navy's special forces. Together they will prepare the 33 miners for their journey up the 2,041-foot (622-meter) shaft. President Sebastian Pinera cheered as well and shared hugs with his ministers while they watched video of the capsule entering the miners' chamber.

In the family camp outside the mine, relatives of Florencio Avalos, the miner chosen to come up first, cheered, sang and prayed.

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