With the world watching, he was on the Plan B crew that successfully drilled an escape shaft to the 33 Chilean miners trapped deep within the Earth in 2010, using a West Chester-made Schramm drill.
“The pressure was intense,” said Schramm lead service technician Jeff Roten in a Perryville (Mo.) Republic-Monitor feature by Crystal Lyerla. “Every day you saw their families crying and praying. And you knew the whole world was watching. A hole is a hole, but the difference was there was someone knocking at the other end.”
The 33 miners were first discovered 2,300 feet underground on the 17th day after a catastrophic cave-in at the San Jose Copiapo copper-gold mine — they heard the drill bit coming and taped notes to it — and they were finally rescued after 69 days.
Read more of the amazing story of how a Schramm team helped bring the 33 back to the surface alive in the Perryville (Mo.) Republic-Monitor here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Schramm here.