One of the things that kept trapped Chilean miner Edison Pena going while awaiting rescue underground was The King.
Pena, a 34-year-old die-hard Elvis Presley fan, is one of a group of miners trapped underground for weeks who was rescued Wednesday.
It was an American drill operator helping with the rescue operation. But it was a Memphis music icon – and Pena, who led his trapped miners in Elvis sing-alongs underground – that kept spirits up.
Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, after learning about the news, offered Pena an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Memphis to Pena.
News photos showed Pena after the rescue Wednesday hugging his wife while Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Bolivian President Evo Morales watch. Here’s an image of Pena’s rescue:
(Government of Chile photo)