London, Aug.28 (ANI): The wife of one of the trapped 33 Chilean miners has revealed how her family survived a devastating earthquake and worked to rebuild their lives, only for her husband to end up trapped.
Carola Narvaez, whose husband, Raul Bustos, is a heavy-machinery mechanic, said six months ago, the family was living in the port city of Talcahuano, 300 miles south of the capital, where Bustos was working for Chilean shipbuilder Asmar.
Like most Chileans, the couple were sound asleep when one of the most powerful earthquakes registered in a century struck the central coast on February 27.
While the family's home survived, ships in Asmar's yards were pushed into the street and the builder's operations destroyed.
Having to support his wife and two small children, Bustos looked to northern Chile, where mines dot the barren lunar landscape. Two months later, he found his way to the San Jose mine, one of hundreds of mid-size operations digging into the rocky, red earth in search of copper, gold and other minerals.
Narvaez stayed behind with their children, 5-year-old Maria Paz and 3-year-old Vicente.
But when word arrived of the collapse at the mine, Narvaez left the children with her parents and rushed to the mine site, where she has camped out since.
The Telegraph quoted her, as saying: "In the earthquake we just had to keep on living. We had our lives. This (trapped in mine) is the same. It is producing much anguish, isolation, fear. But we're alive.
My husband is alive down in that mine, and we will have another happy ending."(ANI)