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How did miners survive 69 days underground? New book shares true story

Author Hector Tobar.
Author Hector Tobar.
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The latest mining tragedy in Turkey that has trapped 18 people a thousand feet underground is just the latest reminder of the extreme dangers faced by those who do that work.

And it was four years ago this month that people around the world watched in amazement and relief as 33 Chilean miners were pulled free from beneath 2,000 feet of rock and mineral.

But the story of how those miners survived for 69 days with little food, water or contact with the outside before their rescue has largely been unknown... until now. 

The detailed accounts of the miners and their families are the basis of a new book called, "Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set them Free."

Héctor Tobar is the author and he joins Take Two for more. 

See an excerpt from the book below. 

Excerpted from DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar, published in October 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright © 2014 by Héctor Tobar. All rights reserved.