We’re sure you’ve all heard of the success story of the capsule Fenix II which was used to rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped in a copper mine last week. Well, its prototype, the Fenix I, will be making its way over to Shanghai, going on display for the final ten days of the World Expo in the Chile pavilion. Some have questioned why it hasn’t gone to Henan, the site of a recent mining disaster. It’s simple: all the miners trapped there have now passed away.
Two days after the grand success of the rescue mission in Chile, a mine explosion occurred in Henan, leaving 21 dead and 16 trapped. The blast was the result of a gas leak that had occurred early Saturday morning in a Pit owned by Pingyu Coal and Electric Co Ltd. After a three day struggle only 5 were left alive.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera had offered to help China in the Pingyu accident, citing the experience his country had developed from its rescue of 33 miners trapped underground. But any help from Chile would have come too late. As of this morning, all 37 have been confirmed dead in this mining disaster, making it the deadliest one since June and leaving the arrival of the Fenix I as an ironic reminder of China’s terrible mine safety record.
Fenix II and Fenix III are to be placed on display in Ciudadania Square in Santiago, and northern Chilean city Copiapo respectively.