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Published October 12, 2010, 10:42 PM

First of 33 Trapped Chilean Miners Rescued

Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 miners to be rescued, has surfaced after 69 days underground.

By: Associated Press,

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) — Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 miners to be rescued, has surfaced after 69 days underground.

He stepped out of a rescue capsule amid sobs from his young son and received a bracing bear hug from Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

Avalos smiled widely as he hugged rescuers, then Pinera, as his wife, two sons and father looked on. His 7-year-old son Bairo sobbed, as did Chile's first lady, Cecilia Morel. Then Avalos was escorted into a medical triage center for the first of a battery of tests.

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