Chile mine drama - How it unfolded

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Aug 5 - Thirty-three miners trapped underground when part of the San Jose mine in Chile's Atacama desert collapses.

Aug 6 - Mining minister Laurence Golborne flies in to lead the rescue mission.

Aug 7 - Second collapse blocks access to the lower parts of the mine, hampering rescue efforts. President Sebastian Pinera visits miners' relatives. Attempts made to drill holes to the miners.

Aug 22 - Rescue workers hear tapping on a drill that has reached a depth of 688 metres. Miners confirmed to be alive when it is disclosed they have tied a note to a listening probe that reads "all 33 of us are well inside the shelter". The first video of the miners is recorded and shows them to be in a better condition than feared.

Aug 23 - Food, water and communication equipment are sent down a hole to the miners.

Aug 30 - Rescuers decide the best way to free the miners is to drill three shafts and winch them to safety. The holes, named Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, are dug at the same time to try to rescue the men as quickly as possible.

Sep 26 - The first of three rescue capsules built to lift out the men arrives at the mine.

Oct 4 - Gifts sent to the miners are returned to the surface in advance of their rescue.

Oct 9 - Miners celebrate as a drilling rig breaks through into their underground chamber. It is decided that only the first 96 metres of the shaft need to be reinforced.

Oct 11 - Test rescue capsule is successfully sent nearly all the way down to where the miners are trapped. Rescue team co-ordinator Andre Sougarret posts a message on Twitter reading: "Today the miners sleep their last night together!".

Oct 12 - Final preparations and test runs are carried out before the rescue mission proper gets under way. Rescuer Manuel Gonzalez is lowered down the shaft and is shown greeting the miners on video footage. Shortly before midnight local time, 31-year-old Florencio Avalos enters the rescue capsule and becomes the first to reach the surface..

Oct 13 - Mr Avalos reaches the surface amid scenes of jubilation, wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes. He embraces relatives and rescuers before being taken for medical tests.

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