Monday, December 22, 2008

Here's to Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa

I cannot imagine what these men went through ... to save their lives ... and the lives of the other survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed in the Andes Mountain on October 13, 1972. The odds were against them. It was virtually impossible that anyone could have survived that plane crash. It was virtually impossible that anyone could survive in the mountains for three months on nothing but little squares of chocolate and a cap of wine. They were given up for dead. The only way out was to hike out of the mountains themselves. Even the rescuers could not believe the feat that these two men accomplished. It was not humanly possible that these two men could have trekked out of the Valley of the Tears. But they did. Their story, as gruesome and tragic as it may be, is an amazing story. A story that should never be forgotten.

On this day, thirty-six years ago, these men walked not only out of the Andes Mountains ... but emerged from death to reclaim their lives. On this day, thirty-six years ago, these men delivered a Christmas miracle to their fellow survivors and their families. These men were the modern day Lazaruses.


Gail Davis said...

I like what you wrote. Just wanted to let you know the accident occured in 1972 so it was actually 35 years ago.

Falling LEAVes said...

LOL whoops ... I was really tired when I wrote that (ignore the timestamp) and I did the math wrong. But hey, at least I got the year right! And thanks for the comment!!! I love this story. My cousin and I drove out to Santa Monica to see the documentary. I can't wait to add that to my collection