Ecstatic relatives cheered and hugged and raced up a mist-shrouded hillside to the 33 flags that have become the symbol of the vigil since the men were entombed by a rockfall 65 days ago.
At the minehead, rig-workers punched the air with their fists at 8.05 am local time when the drill broke through into a tunnel 2,047 feet beneath them.
“This is a wonderful moment,” said Janet Laques, mother of the youngest miner, 19-year-old Jimmy. “It feels like the rescue is finally underway.”
The miners reacted with jubilation in a live video-link with the surface as the tip of the drill’s hammer broke through into their underground workshop. ...