In Chile mine accident 33 is lucky number

There were 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile; it took 33 days to drill into the group to reach them.

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 12:08 PM IST

San Jose Mine: There were 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile; it took 33 days to drill into the group to reach them.

Some say the numbers are just a coincidence, but
others say there is more to it.

"The work took 33 days total, one day a man," said
Mikhail Proestakis, manager of Driller Supply Company, which
participated in the drilling of the rescue shaft with a
diameter of 66 centimetres, which is 33 times two.

"I believe in numerology, it has to mean something."
Last but not least the expected rescue began on
October 13, 2010 -- which can be written 13/10/10 -- adding up
to 33, a fact pointed out by President Sebastian Pinera.

"The 33 appears in everything, everything matches,
it`s a miracle," said Maria Segovia, sister of miner Dario
Segovia. A number of devout Catholics have also pointed out
that Jesus was 33 when he was crucified, according to popular
belief.
Others call attention to the first note the miners
sent up to show they were still alive -- "estamos bien en el
refugio los 33" (all 33 of us are in the shelter) -- which was
33 characters in length.

PTI