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BEACONSFIELD, Australia  - Two Australian miners can see the sky for the first time in two weeks. Brant Webb and Todd Russell needed no help as they strode out of a gold mine and hugged family and friends.

They climbed into two ambulances. They appeared healthy and punched the air as they came out of the mine before dawn. Hundreds of locals cheered as the men emerged from the Beaconsfield mine.

A minor earthquake trapped the men as they worked 3,000 feet underground on April 25th. Several days went by before anyone even realized they were alive. After that, they were sent food, water and even I-Pods through a narrow pipe. Rescuers finally bored through the last feet of rock and debris to reach the men today.

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