TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - One of the three rescue capsules built to
rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped underground last year will be on
public display at the Prospectors and Developers Association of
Canada's International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange,
to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (south building) from
Sunday, March 6 to Wednesday, March 9.
The 21-inch wide, bullet-shaped capsule, called Phoenix 1, will be
standing tall and proud on the ceremonial floor of the convention
centre and will be a fascinating reminder of the remarkable rescue that
kept a billion people around the world riveted to television screens
and internet monitors last October as, one by one, the miners were
brought to safety. They had spent a record 69 days underground. This is
the first time that any of the three capsules has been on display in
The PDAC will pay tribute to the team responsible for the rescue,
believed to have been the deepest ever at 700 metres, by presenting a
special achievement award to its leader, Laurence Golborne, Chile's
Minister of Mining, at an awards ceremony on Monday, March 7 at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Minister Golborne will be heading a large Chilean delegation attending
this year's convention, which attracts people and companies involved in
mineral exploration from all over the world. A record attendance of
more than 22,000 is anticipated.
About the PDAC:
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a
national association representing the mineral exploration and
development industry. Its 7,000 individual and corporate members are
involved in the exploration, discovery and development of new mines and
new wealth. The association's convention is the world's largest annual
gathering of the mineral industry. PDAC Convention 2011 will be held
March 6-9 in Toronto.
For further information:
Director, Communications, PDAC
416.362.1969 ext 225