The first of six rescue workers who went down to bring out 33 trapped miners in CHile is the last person to get back to the surface, leaving behind an empty, wrecked mine.
Manuel Gonzalez waited alone a half-mile down for 26 minutes
while the escape capsule went up and came back down for him.
Hetalked by phone with other rescuers at the top while waiting, joking that he was praying the capsule showed up.
A video feed showed him gesture triumphantly, then bow before
making an awkward climb into the capsule, drawing cries of "Careful! Careful!" from those at the surface.
Then he strapped himself in and shut the door before disappearing up the shaft.
In all, the operation took just over 24 hours after the first miner was pulled out at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday, a marathon broadcast on live television that captivated the world.
The intricately planned rescue moved with remarkable speed - and
flawless execution - in ending history's longest underground entrapment.