Discovery Channel has gained exclusive access to the harrowing 70-day Chilean miners ordeal, and the heart-wrenching rescue mission undertaken to save all 33 of them, for a world-premiere special with the working title of Rescued: The Chilean Mine Story. The one-hour special is produced by Discovery Channel Latin America and will simulcast October 28 on Discovery Channel and Discovery en Español in the United States, and on Discovery Channel across Latin America the same day. It will air on Discovery networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in November.
For the film, the network has shot exclusive footage of interviews with miners and their families during family reunions; an interview with Andre Sougarett, head of the rescue operation; the activity of the three drilling machines that were used for the rescue operations; the engineers and technicians in charge of each of the plans; and the control room of the operation where daily meetings took place.
Also featured are interviews with Chilean president Sebastian Piñera, mining minister Laurence Golborne, Dr. Michael Duncan of NASA (an adviser to the medical team in charge of the miners when they were trapped), several of the onsite engineers and drillers, family members and some miners.