Optimism at the San Jose mine continues to grow after Chilean officials lauded the smooth operation of the rescue effort of the 33 trapped miners from a collapsed mine shaft.

After 69 days below ground, the 21 miners who have been winched to the surface have been met with hugs, kisses and tears from family, rescuers and officials.

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