Chileans celebrate the end of the successful rescue operation that freed 33 trapped miners.

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. - Sapa-AFP