Mar­riage vowed in Chile cave-in

The Pak Banker - - International -

SAN­TI­AGO: Este­ban Ro­jas is one of the 33 min­ers in Chile who have been trapped un­der­ground for more than three weeks. He's had a lot of time to think. And af­ter much thought, he's de­cided to marry his wife.

The two have been to­gether some 25 years, have three chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

Ro­jas and Yanez had a civil wed­ding years ago but never had a church cer­e­mony as is the cus­tom in Chile.

Soon af­ter he was found by res­cue work­ers, Ro­jas sent a let­ter to wife ask­ing her to marry him.

"Please keep pray­ing that we get out of this alive. And when I do get out, we will buy a dress and get mar­ried," he wrote.

"I think he thought about his fam­ily at that moment ... and that gave him the strength to fight on," she added.

Min­ers were able to speak with fam­ily mem­bers for the first time on Sun­day through a line that was rigged to con­nect the men with life above ground.

Each rel­a­tive had just about 20 sec­onds --time that the soon-to-be new­ly­weds spent plan­ning their wed­ding.

"I was wor­ried he might not men­tion it again, but he said we should get mar­ried in church. He'd asked me if I've al­ready cho­sen the dress," said Yanez, af­ter talk­ing to her hus­band. "Of course I told him we would get mar­ried."

The cou­ple will have to wait. Of­fi­cials have said it could take as long as four months to res­cue the min­ers.

"We know the res­cue will take a long time, but we won't lose hope," said Yanez. "He al­ways said he planned to grow old with me, and I plan to grow old with him. Our love is very deep." -PB News

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