Rescued Chilean miner tours Graceland mansion - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rescued Chilean miner tours Graceland mansion

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña said he was living his dream Friday as he toured Graceland, the longtime home of his idol, Elvis Presley.

Peña, who belted out Elvis tunes to lift the spirits of 32 other miners while they were trapped underground for 69 days, shot video with his cell phone and occasionally broke into song as he walked through rooms with displays of gold records, movie posters and Elvis outfits.

While he was trapped, Graceland sent the self-described Elvis fanatic an MP3 player filled with Elvis music, which was sent down the mine shaft.

"Being down there in that mine, it's a horrible thing," he said. "I thought that I could maybe never get out."

Peña became emotional as he stood in a room where Elvis' piano still sits and learned that the last songs Elvis sang before he died were "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "Unchained Melody."

"I felt a voice of hope when I heard Elvis," he said.

He credited God with keeping him alive through the long ordeal.

"There is nothing impossible for Him," he said.

Peña said he and his colleagues have not fully recovered from the ordeal, but are making the most of opportunities like the trip to Graceland.

Friday's tour was part of a five-day visit to Memphis, which has included stops at Memphis Grizzlies practice and a stay at the luxurious Peabody Hotel.

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