14 Chilean Miners Receive Pension Benefits

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Chilean government has given special pensions to 14 of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for more than two months last year.

The 14 miners were recognized Tuesday during a ceremony that first lady Cecilia Morel attended in the town of Copiapo. Each miner will receive a monthly income of about $530.

The government took into account the miners' ages and health issues.

The miners have said they have not been able to overcome the physical and psychological effects of their 69-day ordeal underground, which is longer than that of anyone on record.

The 33 miners were trapped 700 meters below ground from August 5 to October 13, 2010.

Their spectacular rescue was televised around the world.