The five-year anniversary of theCopiapó mine rescue in Chile holds special significance for the employees of Aries Industries Inc., based in Wisconsin. Aries designed and built the video camera that was lowered into the ground, letting rescuers and families know that the miners were alive.
The mine collapsed on Aug. 5, 2010 trapping 33 miners a half mile underground for 69 days. The rescue became international news as the world waited anxiously for word of their safety.
On day 17, an exploratory drill broke through into the mine. The compact camera designed by Aries was lowered into the mine, recording video that revealed that the miners were safe.
As rescue teams worked to drill a new hole wide enough to extract the men, the miners recorded a 40-minute video, speaking to their families and thanking the rescue crews and people around the world for their support.
On Oct. 13, 2010, all 33 men were brought safely to the surface by a winching operation that lasted nearly 24 hours. More than 1 billion people watched the rescue of the miners on television.
Aries video inspection cameras are used for evaluating water wells and other boreholes in mining, and oil and gas applications. Aries’s corporate office is located in Waukesha, Wis., with facilities in California, Georgia, and Ontario, Canada.
For more information, go to www.ariesindustries.com/mining.