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Survival stories

Meet the hardy souls who have survived shipwrecks, plane crashes and cave-ins – Gavin Mortimer makes the introductions…

Born Survivors

ANDES ORDEAL

Dramatised in both print and film, the story of the Uruguayan airplane that crashed in the Andes in 1972 continues to enthral. Several passengers were killed in the crash, and more died in an avalanche, but sixteen survived, mostly rugby players who’d been on their way to a match in Chile. They were forced to eat flesh from the dead and endured sub-zero temperatures before being rescued, after 72 days of freezing hell.

The 1972 wreckage of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
ALAMY X2, GETTY X3, MARY EVANS X1, PA X2, TOPFOTO X1, REX X1, ISTOCK X2
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