Former Chilean football player freed from mine

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2010 7:26 PM
Former Chilean football player freed from mine

Former Chilean national football player Franklin Lobos has never seen a bigger victory.

Lobo briefly bounced a soccer ball on his foot and knee Wednesday as he stepped from the capsule that carried him from the mine where he was trapped with 32 other men. Then he embraced relatives and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

The 53-year-old is the only rescued man whose name was widely known in Chile before the disaster. He played for the Chilean team that qualified for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

He was the driver of a truck that takes miners to and from the mine. He was in the mine with the group he drives when the collapse occurred _ leaving them alive but cut off from the outside world.