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1972 Uruguayan Rugby Team to Chilean Miners: “You Had it Easy.”

In Chilean Mining Disaster, Culture, Humor, In The News, News, Satire on October 14, 2010 at 13:45

Members of the Uruguayan rugby team that crash landed in the Andes Mountains during the fall of 1972 aren’t too thrilled with the comparisons being made between the plight of the Chilean miners and their own.  “They had it easy…they had cable television…and a steady supply of food,” said one survivor, “we had to eat our friends.”

The events of flight 571’s crash into the Andes were chronicled in the 1993 movie, Alive, starring Ethan Hawke.  The players survived frigid temperatures, an avalanche, and were forced to resort to cannibalism in order to survive.

Four of the 1972 crash survivors have publicly expressed their support for the miners.  However, they remain miffed at the comparisons.  “We were stranded with absolutely no connection to the outside world.  Nobody knew we were there.  Parrado and Canessa hiked for eight days into the mountains until they encountered another human being.”  They cautioned the media; “be careful in making false analogies.  Unless they were eating each other and then, were ultimately forced to dig their way out, comparisons to our experience should be avoided.”

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