Straight-talking engineer was behind Chile rescue


Mining Three days after 33 men were sealed deep within a gold mine, Andre Sougarret was summoned by Chile’s president.

The Chilean leader got right to the point: The square-jawed, straight-talking engineer would be in charge of digging them out.

At first Sougarret worried — no one knew if the miners were alive, and the pressure was on to reach them. And he knew he would be blamed if the men were found dead "because we didn’t reach them or the work was too slow."

But eventually, contact was made, the work was on, and the miners below were calling him "boss."

The mission was unprecedented. No one had ever drilled so far to reach trapped miners. No one knew where to find them.

From the first confusing days to this week’s glorious finale, the 46-year-old Sougarret was the man with the answers.

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