LIVE from Chile! Natalie Morales on Witnessing ‘History and a Miracle at the Same Time”

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Today Show journalist Natalie Morales gives us an update on the situation in Chile.

How are you holding up with no sleep? What is the crew eating/drinking? How is everyone’s energy level?
We've been working off adrenaline. Again, not sure how long it lasts. It has been very intense and emotional... and as journalists we feed off of that, I suppose. But we're all exhausted. We're drinking lots of caffeinated drinks... Eating, well, if sardines count (they are too stinky for me) we have them. Fruit, avocado, and sweets... Not much in the way of a meal, but we're doing what we can to keep going. No one has slept... I don't know how long adrenaline lasts, but I'm going on day 2 of no sleep. But you can imagine these 33 miners have also not slept for days and neither have their families or the rescue workers... It's nearly impossible to sleep.

What’s it like to be one of 1,700 journaists on the scene?

On a story like, this amazing. The world has come together to witness what is history and a miracle at the same time.
 

How are the emotions ebbing and flowing as each miner is rescued?
It's moving a lot more quickly now, but it's still very emotional every time that rescue capsule comes up when they are greeted by their loved ones. Even though all seem confident here, there are still lots of nerves though. It's not over until the last miner, Luis Urzua, is brought out.

What should we know about when it is finally over and the last miner is rescued?
The last miner rescued is the shift manager Luis Urzua has become the "captain" in many ways…a leader, as he was the first to have the presence of mind to ration a 2 days supply of food over the first 17 days before the world knew they were alive.

How are the rescuers doing?
They are working in shifts we're told, trying to get some rest. They need it as they still have a very long day and night ahead of them. But if we as journalists have been so moved, the world has been moved... you can imagine what it must feel like to be there at the site helping in each and every rescue.

What is your perspective on the 24 hour coverage of this story, there was a time when we wouldn’t have been able to watch every miner rescued live—how does that affect how you feel about news today?
Hats off to the Chilean government for allowing the world to experience what has been the finest hours of reality TV. Every angle is covered here.

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