May 24, 2019

Plane crash survivors tell Miners – “Don’t give up”

Above ground controllers play SingStar with the trapped miners to pass the time

Uruguayan rugby players whose plane crashed in the Andes Mountains 38 years ago and inspired the book and movie Alive, have spoken to the trapped miners in Chile.

On Saturday, four of them shared a message with the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for a month. They encouraged the miners saying “Don’t give up,” and “You have a marvelous team working for you.”

The Uruguayans were part of the group of 16 that survived the crash in 1972 and endured 72 days high in Andes Mountains before being rescued. They could only survive by eating dead passengers.

Family members of the trapped miners said they were grateful for the support from the rugby players and other foreigners who have come to encourage their loved ones. It is unclear if the Andes survivors passed on any recipes in their conversations with the miners.



    I wish all those who were involved in this plane crash a speedy recovery and extend my sincere condolence to all affected individuals and their respective families in the case of any loss of lives or property. I wish that the almighty Lord will grant them peace