Carry Each Other's Burdens
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are
spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or
you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in
this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians
In a desperate race against time, more than 200 rescuers worked to save the trapped miners. The men were trapped in a small chamber just over four feet high and 18ft wide, in frigid 55 degree water. The area of entrapment was approximately 240 feet underground and about one and a half miles from the mine entrance. The miners "decided early on they were either going to live or die as a group." They were all rescued as a group some 77 hours after being trapped in the mine.
The 55 degree (Fahrenheit) water threatened to kill them slowly by hypothermia, so according to one news report "When one would get cold, the other eight would huddle around the person and warm that person, and when another person got cold, the favor was returned."
"Everybody had strong moments," miner Harry B. Mayhugh
told reporters after being released from Somerset Hospital
in Somerset. "But any certain time maybe one guy got down,
and then the rest pulled together. And then that guy would
get back up, and maybe someone else would feel a little
weaker, but it was a team effort. That's the only way it
could have been."
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