The rescue mission of the trapped Chilean miners is more than 14 hours underway, with 17 miners lifted to safety. After being trapped 2,000 feet below ground for nearly two and a half months, the miners are being brought up through a rescue capsule called the Phoenix I. With the world’s eyes on Chile, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and other celebrities have turned to their Twitter to show support and Tweet relief as the miners are brought out of the darkness and reunited with their family.
“Wow seriously in tears watching this Chilean miners getting released on CNN! What a tough struggle they made it through!!!” Kim Tweeted.
Justin shared similar sentiments, Tweeting, “just found out the miners of chile are being rescued!!! happy for the families being brought back together. miracles do happen.”
The first miner to be rescued was, Florencio Ávalos, 31, who surfaced shortly after midnight today.
Ávalos was sure to share an emotional embraced with his family and the nation’s president before he was taken off on a stretcher to have his health examined.
Catch this list of celebrity Tweets — Ryan Seacrest, Nicky Hilton, Diddy, Carrie Ann Inaba, Joel McHale, Josh Groban, Erin Andrews, Jordin Sparks, Derek Hough, Ricky Martin, Jenna Dewan — supporting the rescue mission in Chile (via E! News):
RyanSeacrest: If ur just waking up, 12 miners have been rescued in Chile, 21 to go. AMAZING work from all involved!
TheRealJordin (Jordin Sparks): Lost it when the little boy saw his father. So happy these men are finally getting out of that Chilean mine. One Step at a time… :)
MissyElliott: The Chileans Miners will be a Testimony of how Real God is! Such a Blessing to see them healthy and n Great Spirits!
Jennaldewan (Jenna Dewan-Tatum): I know, unbelievable! RT @KrisLia: there are 33 HUMAN BEINGS being rescued from over 2,000 feet under ground right now, show them some love!
OfficialDHough (Derek Hough): Bless those miners…Pray pray pray…!!!!
NickyHilton: So happy the Chilean miners are being rescued and reunited with their families!
ricky_martin: CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE!!!! VENGA!!!! #FUERZAMINEROS
joshgroban: I’m in total awe watching CNN right now. Hard to believe this is actually happening. I’ll be awake until they’re all out. #minersrescue
carrieanninaba: SO HAPPY about the rescue efforts going on for the Chilean miners. God bless them all and those who are helping them get home! AMEN!!!
AnnCurry: Great news to wake up to: 8 miners now rescued in Chile.. 25 to go
tmorello (Tom Morello): THE MINERS ARE COMING TO SAFETY!! 2 UP!! 3rd ON WAY!! HALLELUJAH!
NiaVardalos: Am crying watching the Chilean miners being rescued. We can be such jerks-it’s nice to see humankind at our best.
ItsChelseaStaub: The first miner in Chile rises from the dark! Thanks to the amazing rescuers who have worked non-stop to rekindle the light in these lives.
OfficialAmandaHolden: Historic rescue of miners in Chile. I’ve Been Crying tears of joy this morning! Sky news now xx
TiaCarrere: Chile! Chile! Chile! Chile! Chile! Chile! Chile! Chile!
ErinAndrews: Well said.. RT @kurt13warner: Praising God for rescue efforts in Chile, praying all 33 r safe & health! Miracles still happen all around us!
iamdiddy (Diddy): Theyre streaming live from the Chilean Mine Rescue —>
GavinRossdale: bush16rcz RT @SoMelificent: First Chilean miner is out!!! I can’t even imagine how their family must feel at this moment. #amazingmoments
joelmchale: RT @ikpanderson: In Japan this whole mine rescue thing is known as a “Game Show”.
JoshMalina: What an insane publicity coup it would have been if David Blaine had somehow been the first one brought up.
Catch this emotional clip of the first miner, Florencio Ávalos, being brought to the surface and greeted by his family.
Watch the CNN live stream of the rescue – which has been going on for over 14 hrs, and as of this post, 17 miners have been rescued.