As the rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners continues after 70 days confined 700m underground, (or the equivalent of two Empire State Buildings) engineers the world over watched live television pictures as the rescue effort unfolded and marvelled at the manner in which the Chilean mine engineers returned to basic engineering principles.
"They weren't messing about, them lads," Martin Shuttlecock, a former engineer, of Portsmouth in the UK told us. "There was one part where they had a cable restraining U-bolt that wouldn't quite fit, so one bloke whipped out two blocks of wood, then another bloke twatted the bolt into shape with a lump hammer. It reminded me of when I used to make jet engines in the aerospace industry."
Another problem faced by the Chilean engineers was the eleven degree angle in the first section of the rescue shaft, which raised fears of the cable chafing against the sides. The engineers got around this by deflecting the cable with a pulley assembly which they placed at the head of the shaft by kicking it and stamping it into place with their heavy boots.
Engineers the world over congratulated the Chileans and thanked them for showing the world that the most complex technological challenges occasionally have to be helped along by a well aimed hammer blow and a bit of a kicking.
And spanners, with a lot of pulling, pushing, huffing and blowing.
"Real life ain't always like as clear cut as it seems on the Discovery Channel" one told us.
More as we get it.