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DavidsonLearns Presents Bill Maloney and the Power of 33: the Chilean Mine Rescue

by | Nov 4, 2019 | Arts & Entertainment, Bottom Left Box, DavidsonLearns

Time & Location
November 14, 2:00 PM
Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Rm 201,
100 North Main Street Davidson, NC 28036

About The Event

We are pleased to have Bill Maloney share his experiences from the 2010 Chilean Mining Accident. Since beginning a career in the drilling business in 1980, Bill Maloney has gone from a position of rig hand to project engineer to company owner.

Bill and his company, Center Rock, Inc, provided the driving force in the successful rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile. The 2010 Copiapó mining accident, also known as the “Chilean Mining Accident,” began on August 5, 2010 with a cave-in at the San José copper–gold mine, located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Thirty-three men, trapped 2,300 feet underground and 3 miles from the mine’s entrance, were rescued after 69 days.

Convinced that their technology and expertise could aid in the rescue of the miners, Bill and his drilling colleagues took action and became rescue “Plan B,” which helped to free the miners.

Bill later founded the Mine Rescue Drilling Fund which was established to provide critical assistance for mine rescues in the United States and abroad. In October 2013 he was granted a US patent for his Mine Shaft Rescue Capsule Design.


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