10-12-2010, 12:27 PM #1
Chile Mine Rescue Hero is American Driller
Chile mine rescue hero is an American driller from Denver
worked 33 days and was the first one to break through
10-14-2010, 02:42 PM #2
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- Beaumont, Texas
yomamma really whats the point of this thread bro?
some ppl will get offended on here, what are you trying to prove? that the US is better?
10-14-2010, 03:24 PM #3
Reminds me of the movie with Bruce Willis called "Armageddon."
I'm glad to see an guy from Denver down there helping the Chileans, if that offends people so be it. I can't keep people from being offended; heck, people could get offended that you asked me that question!
Here's another one for ya:
Steve Jobs Sends Chilean Miners New iPods
"In addition to Japanese space underwear and $10,000 apiece from a local businessperson, all 33 Chilean miners will receive new iPods, courtesy of Apple. So now this is really the feel good news story of the year."
10-14-2010, 03:39 PM #4
10-14-2010, 04:53 PM #5
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Sorry bud it was an Australian Surveyer that Directed the Pilot hole that Broke through into the Chamber where they Were.......A driller just operates a rig....I love the US...Not saying the Driller didn't do his part...But there are a few heros in front of him...This great acheivment will now turn into a circus....Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story...
10-14-2010, 05:15 PM #6
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- Sydney Australia
10-14-2010, 06:24 PM #7
No doubt a huge team effort. Put up a link so others can read about the Australian too! I still see Harry Stamper all over this guy...
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – Jeff Hart was drilling water wells for the U.S. Army's forward operating bases in Afghanistan when he got the call to fly to Chile.
He spent the next 33 days on his feet, operating the drill that finally provided a way out Saturday for 33 trapped miners.
"You have to feel through your feet what the drill is doing; it's a vibration you get so that you know what's happening," explained Hart, a contractor from Denver, Colorado.
A muscular, taciturn man with callused hands and a sunburned face, Hart normally pounds rock for oil or water. He's used to extreme conditions while he works the hydraulic levers that guide the drills' hammers. But this was something different — 33 lives were depending on him. "I was nervous today," said Hart, 40.
He joked that he thought it was his heart stopping when he felt an unexplained "pop" just before the drill broke through into a chamber far underground. "I didn't want anything to go wrong."
Within hours after the gold and copper mine collapsed Aug. 5, Chile's government realized the mine's owners were ill-equipped to handle the rescue and asked the state-owned Codelco mining company to take the lead.
Codelco turned to Geotec Boyles Bros., a U.S.-Chilean company, to handle the "Plan B" escape shaft, one of three simultaneous drilling efforts that raced to reach the miners.
Geotec operations manager James Stefanic said he quickly assembled "a top of the line team" of drillers who are intimately familiar with the key equipment, including engineers from two Pennsylvania companies — Schramm Inc., which makes the T130 drill, and Center Rock Inc., which makes the drill bits.
Hart was called in from Afghanistan, "simply because he's the best" at drilling larger holes with the T130's wide-diameter drill bits, Stefanic said.
Standing before the levers, pressure meters and gauges on the T130's control panel, Hart and the rest of the team faced many challenges in drilling the shaft. At one point, the drill struck a metal support beam in the poorly mapped mine, shattering its hammers. Fresh equipment had to be flown in from the United States and progress was delayed for days as powerful magnets were lowered to pull out the pieces.
The mine's veins of gold and copper ran through quartzite with a high level of abrasive silica, rock so tough that it took all their expertise to keep the drill's hammers from curving off in unwanted directions. "It was horrible," said Center Rock President Brandon Fisher, exhausted after hardly sleeping during the effort.
Fisher, Stefanic and Hart called it the most difficult hole they had ever drilled, because of the lives at stake.
"If you're drilling for oil and you lose the hole, it's different. This time there's people down below," Stefanic said.
"We ruined some bits, worked through the problems as a team, and broke through," Hart said. "I'm very happy now."
Miners' relatives crowded around Hart on Saturday, hugging and posing for pictures with him as he walked down from the rescue operation into the tent camp where families had anxiously followed his work.
"He's become the hero of the day," said Dayana Olivares, whose friend Carlos Bugueno is one of the miners stuck below.
Champagne sprayed all around him after Hart guided the drill into the miners' chamber. He pulled the last punch so that the drill extended just over two feet (65 centimeters) beyond the ceiling. A less experienced hand might have broken through with too much power, endangering the miners and even jamming the shaft with broken equipment.
"We got the job done," Hart said simply.
Hart has a home in Denver but works for long periods abroad as a contractor for the Layne Christensen company based in Mission Woods, Kansas.
"We spend most of our time away from our families, but we don't have the what-ifs they have down there," he said of the miners. "Now they have an avenue to come out."
10-14-2010, 08:42 PM #8
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- Sydney Australia
AN Australian drilling consultant helping to reach 33 trapped miners in Chile says ecstatic rescuers hugged and cried when the men sent up notes saying they were alive.
Kelvin Brown, of Perth, flew to Chile last week to help direct precision drilling to a refuge chamber nearly 700 metres down at the San Jose mine in northern Chile.
The miners have been trapped since a collapse at the copper and gold mine on August 5.
Mr Brown said he was on site on Sunday (Chile time) when a drill bit came up from the refuge chamber with notes taped to it from the trapped miners.
``As far as air goes, we didn't think they were alive, there are not a lot of ventilation shafts there,'' the 40-year-old told AAP from Chile today (Australian time).
But Mr Brown said local miners were adamant there were pockets of air below.
``To intersect and have the guys stick a note onto the percussion hammer that punched through into the chamber to say that all 33 were still alive, that just totally blew us all away.
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``People were crying and hugging, it was amazing,'' Mr Brown said.
He said that before the miners were found to be alive he had been asked by Chile's mines minister to address their families and co-workers.
``That was definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done.
``I just wasn't prepared for the grief and the sorrow.''
Mr Brown said he felt the people ``looked into my heart''.
``I was choking back tears. All I could do was promise to do as much as I can.''
Every day he has been driving in and out of the mine past waiting children, wives, mothers, fathers and grandparents.
``All we wanted to do was just to bring them closure,'' Mr Brown said.
``Now they just want to hug you as you try to drive through them.''
Mr Brown, of Reflex Instruments and an expert in digital downhole surveying equipment, stressed he was just one member of the team working to free the miners.
They could still be months away from rescue with nearly 700 metres of hard rock to drill a larger hole through.
``We haven't heard anything to indicate they are in that bad a shape at all,'' Mr Brown said.
He told AAP he had just heard the trapped miners on a radio link and ``they all broke into song''.
A tube is being used to pass the men food, water and medical supplies and a camera sent down the hole showed them shirtless and sweating but otherwise well.
The mine is near the city of Copiapo, about 800km north of the capital Santiago.
Mr Brown said that when he flew into Santiago, Chilean authorities had a Hercules C130 aircraft waiting to fly him and his specialised equipment quickly to Copiapo.
He said he would stay at the mine another three days before returning home to Perth.
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