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    Rescue of miners 'has united Chile'


    by ODN


    Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has said the rescue of 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days has 'united Chile'.

    Speaking during the final phase of the rescue mission, Mr Pinera said the accident should not have happened and blamed conditions within the mine.

    At a press conference, he vowed to revise Chile's health and safety laws.

    The president earlier told the last man brought to the surface: "You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this."

    Chilean officials said the men will remain under observation in hospital for at least two days, before being released to their families.

    But at the hospital in Copiapo, where miner after miner walked from the ambulance to a waiting wheelchair, it became clear that psychological issues would be as important to treat as physical ones.