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It was a day many of them thought they would never see, but on 13 October 2010, 33 Chilean miners were finally rescued after spending 69 days trapped underground.
The San José mine, about 500 miles (800km) north of Santiago, had collapsed on 5 August 2010, leaving people on the surface fearing that those underground were dead.
The men managed to send a note to the surface alerting authorities that they were alive, and weeks later in a race against time, they were brought to the surface one-by-one in a dramatic rescue broadcast live around the world.
But more than a decade on, where are the world-famous miners now?
Initially, the group found themselves stars on a global scale.
They received invitations to Disney World, to watch Manchester United, to Jerusalem and to the Greek Islands.
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Many appeared on American chat shows while one, Edison Peña, who ran in the mine tunnels to keep fit and busy, ran the New York marathon.
Books were written about the group, know were known as 'Los 33' and a Hollywood film was made about the incident starring Antonio Banderas. One local business also reportedly gave them a Kawasaki motorcycle and £10,500 ($15,000) each.
But fast forward to 2021 and the picture isn't as pretty as it appeared in the immediate aftermath of the dramatic rescue.
Some are now back working in mines, but many are still suffering the after-effects of their experience mentally and still struggle financially.
While some of the group receive a government pension, it is roughly half what they earned as miners, with one of the group, Jorge Galleguillo, topping his up with donations from tourists he guides around the site.
Others apparently have struggled to find jobs in mining, with potential employers concerned about their mental health and about the spotlight they bring with them.
Some have succumbed to alcoholism or drug addiction, while many still struggle with their mental health.
In one interview Mario Sepulveda, nicknamed 'Super Mario' for his positive attitude during the crisis, admitted he too has battled suicidal feelings.
"People saw the pictures of the rescue and they thought our hell was over," he said.
"In fact it was just beginning."
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