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Baby Jessica and the other gripping mine escape

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Miner Osman Araya hugs his wife after arriving as the sixth miner to be hoisted to the surface in Copiapo, Chile. (Hugo Infante/Reuters)

The world is riveted to the scene in Chile, as one by one the miners are making their escape. After being trapped more than 2,000 feet under the earth, 14 miners have made it to safety. Nineteen remain below ground, where they have been for the past 69 days.

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A rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct. 16, 1987, photo. (AP)

This is not the first time people have been riveted to the television screen as an incredible escape is made from an underground prison. Almost exactly 23 years ago in Texas, on Oct. 16, 1987, Jessica McClure Morales was lifted out of a narrow, abandoned well after two and a half days.

The moment "Baby Jessica" was saved had similarities to what's happening live in Chile. The feeling of relief, excitement and joy is just as palpable as it was 23 years ago.

By Melissa Bell  | October 13, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
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