Hope & faith in a black hole


Trapped more than half a kilometre underground Chile’s 33 celebrated miners vowed if they survived they would not publicly speak of their 69 days of hell. But amid the exuberance and relief of being rescued their vow crumbled.

This week YOU publishes the personal experience of Mario Sepulveda, the second man to emerge to freedom and global acclaim.

Stories of fortitude and survival against all odds have always enchanted and enthralled – and how Los 33 (The 33) managed to survive being entombed for 69 days in the stricken San Jose mine in Chile is the stuff of legends. In the 28 October issue of YOU, Mario Sepulveda gives you a real idea of what happened in the sweltering heart of darkness.

He’s the man whose jubilant exit from the rescue capsule symbolised the thrill of a waiting world as the trapped men finally emerged from their underground ordeal. About breaking the pact of silence the man dubbed Super Mario told the Mail on Sunday: “There are certain things that need to be told. I want the world to know the truth about what we went through down there. We were swallowed into the bowels of hell but we have been reborn and now I feel it is my duty to tell what went on and the lessons to be learned.”

Read all about it in YOU.

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