Packed audiences as Chilean miner tells his story

Jose Henriquez (second left) and family at the La Mama restaurant
Jose Henriquez (second left) and family at the La Mama restaurant

THE extraordinary story of the rescue of the Chilean miners was told in Sheffield by one of the men who experienced the ordeal. Jose Henriquez, aged 56, spoke to a 500 capacity crowd at the Victoria Hall Methodist Church in Norfolk Street about the fear, deprivation and eventual joy of being rescued after

69 days trapped underground.

Another 150 watched on a live video link in the neighbouring Central United Reformed Church.

Organiser the Rev Canon Patrick Coghlan, of St Polycarp’s Church in Malin Bridge, said: “Mr Henriquez suggested God was saying they would never run out of food. It was quite emotional. I think a lot of people will have taken away the message that prayer does help.” Mr Henriquez, who was a guest with his wife, Blanca, at a reception at La Mama restaurant in Abbeydale Road, is travelling in the UK with Alf Cooper, protestant chaplain to Chilean president Sebastian Pinera.

They are visiting mining communities as well as other cities.

Above: Jose Henriquez (second left) and family at the La Mama restaurant.