COPIAPO, Chile - 16 October 2010
In the recent mining accident in Chile where all 33 trapped miners were rescued, the number 33 may have more significance. Besides being the number of miners trapped, then rescued, here are more occurrences of the number 33.
Mikhail Proestakis, manager of Driller Supply Company, which participated in the drilling of the rescue shaft, said that the work took 33 days. The rescue shaft had a radius of 33 centimeters, while the approximate temperature in the mine was 33 degrees Centigrade.
Even President Sebastian Pinera has noticed the significance of the number 33. The president pointed out that the date the rescue began (October 13, 2010) can be written as 13/10/10 -- adding up to 33.
"The 33 appears in everything, everything matches, it's a miracle," said Maria Segovia, sister of miner Dario Segovia. Attention was also drawn 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 had 33 characters in total.
Devout Catholics have brought up the popular belief that Jesus Christ was 33 when he was crucified. For believers of numerology, the number thirty-three’s symbolism is represented by theMichael. This well-known angelic figure is seen as the angel of protection and guidance.
So, it does appear that the 33 miners had more help than we know!