30th miner makes it to the surface in Chile

Posted at 10/14/10 8:16 AM

SAN JOSE MINE - Only three men were left underground in a Chilean gold and copper mine Wednesday after a 30th miner, Raul Bustos, made it to the surface safe and sound.

Bustos, 40, emerged from a rescue capsule at 08:37 pm (2337 GMT) and was welcomed with passionate kisses by his wife Carola Narvaez.

The father of two had worked for only two months when he was trapped with 32 other miner in a cave-in August 5. Bustos had found work at the mine after his hometown was wiped out by a tsunami February 27.

He told President Sebastian Pinera, who gave him a hug, that despite the disaster he would continue "on the same path."