Aussie hero who saved 41 men trapped in a tunnel for more than a fortnight ... trends now

Aussie hero who saved 41 men trapped in a tunnel for more than a fortnight ... trends now
Aussie hero who saved 41 men trapped in a tunnel for more than a fortnight ... trends now

Aussie hero who saved 41 men trapped in a tunnel for more than a fortnight ... trends now

An Aussie tunnel expert has been hailed as an international hero after he led the miraculous rescue of dozens of workers trapped underground for 17 days.

Professor Arnold Dix travelled from Melbourne to lead the drawn-out rescue operations in Uttarkashi in India's north after an under-construction road tunnel collapsed earlier this month.

All 41 workers were safely rescued from the rubble and greeted by the rescuers and their relieved families early Wednesday, sparking jubilant scenes broadcast around the world.

Professor Dix never gave up hope that all of the workers would come out alive, despite the likelihood of fatalities.

He revealed how he had asked the mountain to return the workers trapped inside and that he made a 12 word promise to their families. 

Professor Arnold Dix led the successful but risky rescue of 41 construction workers trapped in an underground tunnel

Professor Arnold Dix led the successful but risky rescue of 41 construction workers trapped in an underground tunnel

'I said, "41 men are coming home safe and no-one will get hurt",' he told stunned Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and Matt Shirvington.

'But actually, my little inside voice was saying, "Exactly how are you going to do that Arnold?"'

Professor Dix said he had 'this feeling' the rescue teams were 'going to be able to do it'. 

He added that it was a miracle that all came out alive all thanks to a huge team of experts as he recalled how he got the call-up.

'One way or another I found myself in a helicopter being whisked out like in a MASH movie into the Himalayas and was confronted with something I'd never seen before, which was mountain which had totally avalanched,' he said.

'There were millions of tonnes of rock inside a huge cavity in the mountain and 41 people were on the other side alive.'

The biggest challenge of the precarious rescue was the real likelihood that not everyone would come out alive.

'You are starting knowing that everyone is alive and you know that if you make a wrong move, that changes,' Professor Dix said.

Australian independent disaster investigator Arnold Dix (middle with officials) and his team faced a series of setbacks during the massive rescue mission

Australian independent disaster investigator Arnold Dix (middle with officials) and his team faced a series of

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