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Uruguayan Plane crash survivor recalls turning into cannibal and eating his friends while waiting for rescue

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Exactly 49 years after they were rescued, plane crash survivor has recalled having to eat his friends as they waited for help.

The remaining survivors of an Uruguayan rugby team were rescued when their plane crashed into the Andes after months of waiting.

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On October 13, 1972, a charter jet carrying the Old Christians Club rugby union team across the Andes mountains crashed, killing 29 of the 45 people on board.

Three crew members and eight passengers died instantly or on the plane’s impact.

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Another 18 died over the course of the next 72 days before the survivors were rescued on December 23, 1972.

While waiting to be rescued, the survivors, most of whom lived by the sea in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and had never seen snow before, struggled with shockingly cold temperatures at night with temperatures dipping to -30C.
They lacked medical supplies, adequate clothes for the freezing weather conditions and equipment or food.

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Survivor, Nando Parrado added: “We were starving in earnest, with no hope of finding food, but our hunger soon grew so voracious that we searched anyway.

“Again and again, we scoured the fuselage in search of crumbs and morsels. We tried to eat strips of leather torn from pieces of luggage, though we knew that the chemicals they’d been treated with would do us more harm than good.

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“We ripped open seat cushions hoping to find straw but found only inedible upholstery foam.

“Again and again, I came to the same conclusion: unless we wanted to eat the clothes we were wearing, there was nothing here but aluminium, plastic, ice, and rock.”

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Survivor, Jose Luis ‘Coche’ Inciarte recalled the heart-wrenching decision to eat the flesh of his dead friends, as he said “there was no other option if you wanted to stay alive”.

He said: “We made a meeting between all and we argued whether to do it or not to do it, not to do it seemed to mean to die, everybody decided to eat.

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“When you went to take a piece of flesh, the body of your friend, their frozen body, the hand doesn’t obey and you have to make a great effort of energy and mind to make your arm obey, and then it obeys, not immediately.

“It was the same with opening mouth to put it inside the mouth and swallow.”

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Sixty days after the crash, the three strongest were chosen to trek across the mountains in a desperate bid to find help.

Survivors Roberto Canessa, Nando Parrado and Antonio Vizintin trekked for 10 days across the vast mountain range when it became apparent no one was coming to look for them.

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The trio set off without any mountaineering gear and only three days worth of supplies on December 12.

The group knew they had to climb their way to safety and over 10 days they climbed about 38 miles.

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This forced them to send Vizintin back to the crash site because they were running out of supplies.

Parrado supposedly told his friend Canessa: “We may be walking to our deaths, but I would rather walk to meet my death than wait for it to come to me.”

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After walking for several more days, the exhausted pair finally came across more and more signs of human presence, before coming across some Chilean farmers, who helped them and the 14 others waiting at the wreckage.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, it will be exactly 49 years since the survivors were rescued.

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Sanwo-Olu suspends NURTW operations in Lagos Island over recent clash

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The government of Lagos state has suspended operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos Island over the recent clashes recorded in the area.

This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by media aide to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat.

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Gawat said the decision to suspend the union activities was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by the NURTW, Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya oloja general and iya oloja of Lagos Island).

Recall that there was a report on how factions of the union clashed over the control of motor parks in the area last week Thursday, leaving one person dead and several people injured.

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The police command in the state on Monday arrested two principal suspects – Adekunle Lawal alias Kunle Poly, and Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego.

Lawal is the Lagos Island branch chairman of the NURTW, while Adekunle is the treasurer of the state council of the union.

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According to the statement, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, special adviser to the governor on transportation, said the ban is to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota axis of the state.

Fayinka said operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will be stationed at strategic positions to ensure compliance with the ban and avoid further breakdown of peace.

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“Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island, particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state,” the statement reads.

“Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.

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“Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

“Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (korope).”

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the union has apologised to Sanwo-Olu over the incident and disassociated itself from the chaos.

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Tajudeen Baruwa, NURTW president, said the union is in support of the ongoing probe into the matter and that any of its members found wanting will be punished.

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ASUU gives N800, 000 bursary to Kaduna State University undergraduates  

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) chapter, Tuesday presented cheques of N100, 000 each to eight undergraduates of the institution.

KASU Chairman, Peter Adamu, at the presentation event said the union placed priority on education and human capacity development of youth.

He said the gesture would enable the beneficiaries pursue their studies without hitches.

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The chairman called on indigent students to apply for scholarships whenever there were such opportunities.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose intended.

Shu’aibu Simon, a 400 level student of Pharmacy, who spoke on behalf other beneficiaries, thanked ASUU, assuring it that the money would be utilized judiciously.

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