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By Piers Paul Read

On October 12, 1972, a aircraft sporting a staff of younger rugby gamers crashed into the distant, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five unique passengers and workforce, merely 16 made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations past imagining, confronting nature head-on at its so much livid and inhospitable. And to outlive, they have been pressured to do what could have as soon as been unthinkable ...

This is their tale -- some of the most incredible actual adventures of the 20th century.

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I've got a chum up there who's injured. within the airplane there are nonetheless fourteen injured humans. we need to get out of right here quick and we do not know the way. we have no foodstuff. we're susceptible. whilst are you going to return and fetch us? Please. we will not even stroll. the place are we? He further to this an SOS in lipstick and wrapped the piece of paper round the stone and the stone within the handkerchief. Then he threw it again over the river. Parrado watched and prayed because the Chilean peasant unwrapped after which learn the message. eventually he seemed up and signaled that he understood. Then he took from his pocket a bit of bread, threw it around the river, waved once more, and became to climb again up the aspect of the gorge. Parrado did an identical. He reached the plateau and walked again towards Canessa, clutching the bread in his arms, a tangible signal they had eventually made touch with the skin international. "Look," he acknowledged to Canessa while he reached him, "look what i have. " Canessa became his oval face towards his pal and glued his drained eyes at the bread. "We're saved," he stated. "Yes," stated Parrado, "we're stored. " He sat down and broke the bread in . "Here," he acknowledged. "Let's have our breakfast. " "No," stated Canessa. "You consume it. i have been so dead. i do not deserve it. " "Come on," stated Parrado. "You would possibly not deserve it, yet you wish it. " He passed the crust to Canessa, and this time Canessa approved it. Then the 2 boys sat down and ate what that they had been given, and not of their lives had bread tasted so stable. or 3 hours later—at round 9 within the morning—they observed one other guy on horseback, yet this time he was once on their facet of the river and was once driving towards them. instantly Parrado bought to his toes and went to satisfy him. He greeted Parrado with nice reticence, concealing the extreme effect that should have been made on him via this tall, bearded, bedraggled determine wearing a number of fits of filthy outfits. the fellow him to the place Ca- nessa lay and listened to the babble from either one of them with a sufferer expression on his weatherbeaten face. while he used to be allowed to talk he brought himself as Armando Serda. He have been instructed that the 2 Uruguayans have been there, yet he had understood that they have been a lot farther upstream and had meant to fetch them that afternoon. the guy who had obvious them had riden off towards Puente Negro to notify the carabineros of his discovery. Parrado and Canessa may see that the peasant in entrance of them used to be poor—so negative, certainly, that his outfits have been in worse than their own—but they suspected that, although bad, this guy may need what they worth that second greater than any treasure, and certain sufficient, once they advised Serda that they have been ravenous, he introduced a few cheese out of his pocket and gave it to the lads. So chuffed have been they with this cheese that Parrado and Canessa didn't brain that the Chilean now left them and went on up the valley to work out to the cows that have been grazing there and to open a few sluice gates to enable water into the fields.

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