In Chile four survivors of a plane crash in the Andes mountains 38 years ago have arrived at the mine where 33 miners have been trapped. They met with the families to offer them encouragement and support for the ordeal ahead.
Engineers have started drilling at the San Jose gold and copper mine in their rescue bid. The miners have been stuck in a tunnel 700 metres below ground for nearly a month. Their plight is shared by the men who were plucked to safety in the Andes in 1972 .
“The other day I found out about this tragedy. Days passed and there was no news of them. The soundwaves during the search didn’t make contact with the miners and it reminded me of when planes would fly over us. They would get close and then they would fly away. And I imagine the pain and frustration that we felt then is the same as what these miners felt,” explained Ramon Sabella one of the plane crash survivors.
The film ‘Alive’ is the account of the plane crash and their remarkable rescue.
Faced with starvation and radio news reports that the search for them had been abandoned, the survivors who had been travelling from Uruguay to Chile for a rugby match fed on the dead passengers.
16 survived 72 days. They were rescued when two of them struck out to find help and ran into a Chilean man on horseback.