"We are holding on to hope. Look at Chile — all those miners were trapped, and they all came out alive."
- TONY KOKSHOORN,mayor of a town in New Zealand near where a gas explosion ripped through a large coal mine; 27 miners are missing as a result
"We are waiting for all of Chile to do everything to get us out of this hell."
- LUIS URZUA,one of the 33 miners who are trapped underground, addressing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera after being told they may not be rescued for months
"For me, it is very important to share this moment — not only with the 33 miners, but with their families and all Chileans."
- SEBASTIAN PINERA,President of Chile, saying his government is "very close" to pulling the trapped miners to safety and that he hopes to be present to witness the rescue
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