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American drilling expert Jeff Hart became internationally famous in 2010 after helping rescue 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for nearly two months.
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it's an overwhelming emotion."
Jeff Hart and his team witnessed the miners' emotional emergence from their underground tomb in the same way that millions of other people around the world did: watching on television. Hart left the scene of the extraction before the first rescued miners reached the surface. "I want to let this become the miners' and their families' story and let them have their time," he said.
As fast as he had burst into international fame, Hart retreated from the limelight. "We got the job done," Hart said simply. Later, asked to compare his experiences in Chile to his work in Afghanistan before an audience of his colleagues at the 2011 conference of the American Water Works Association, Hart called his work in Chile "probably the most important thing I'll ever do." But he was careful to add that "drilling water wells for army bases in Afghanistan, providing water for our troops, is an extremely huge, important job, too.".
Jeff Hart continues to work as a driller for Layne Christiansen Co.
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