Skip to comments.'I had to eat piece of my friend to survive': Torment of 1972 Andes plane crash survivor
Posted on 10/13/2012 9:03:03 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Forty year on from the plane crash that changed his life forever, Dr Roberto Canessa still vividly remembers having to eat the flesh of friends to survive. He was one of 16 men who escaped death when their chartered aircraft smashed into the bleak Andes mountains between Chile and Argentina on October 13, 1972. They were rescued 72 days later after Dr Canessa, then a 19-year-old medical student, and another survivor trekked for 10 days to get help.
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Remember this tune?
He was eating an ice cream cone at the time.
“... you ate 112 of your fellow passengers”.
“I Am Alive” documentary on History Channel is one of the best and most inspiring things I’ve ever seen....you can find the whole thing on YouTube...everyone should watch it
"Stories. I gotta million of 'em."
he did not “have” to eat a piece of a friend to survive, he did eat a piece of a friend and survived.
I would have let myself die rather than eat a human.
This garbage about “you don’t know what you would do under the same circumstances unless you are under the same circumstances” is the classic situational ethics scenario. If a person has principles, they stick to them.
There are some things worse than physical death. This “man” does not earn my respect.
Now the guy that cut his own arm off, he earns my respect, I doubt I could do that either.
But then again, I think this life is pretty torturous and won’t mind when it is my time to go home.
I read the book, way back when, and the survivors did not just chow down, but reverently viewed eating the flesh of their friends as a sort of communion. I have little doubt they prayed and agonized over the decision.
At that altitude there is not much more than snow, ice, and rock, and the desire to live is stronger than most of us think.
I would have hoped for a good supply of charcoal briquets and bbq sauce.
When the soul has fled, meat is meat and life is life.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Here is the FR list of consecutive posts.
‘I had to eat piece of my friend to survive’: Torment of 1972 Andes plane crash survivor
Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:03:03 PM · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
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Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:02:24 PM · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
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I saw Nando give a lecture on a cruise ship. He’s a great and inspiring speaker, a with a tragic tale that has far more to it than cannibalism.
I hear the finger sandwiches were to die for!
Remember the Donner Party pioneer expedition in 1846 into what is now California, through the Sierra Nevada?
Same thing: Starvation, disease and trauma caused one party to resort to cannibalism.
The Donner Party was a group of 87 American pioneers who in 1846 set off from Missouri in a wagon train headed west for California, only to find themselves trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada. The subsequent casualties resulting from starvation, exposure, disease, and trauma were extremely high, and many of the survivors resorted to cannibalism.
The wagons left in May 1846. Encouraged to try a new, faster route across Utah and Nevada, they opted to take the Hastings Cutoff proposed by Lansford Hastings, who had never taken the journey with wagons. The Cutoff required the wagons to traverse Utah's Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake Desert, and slowed the party considerably, leading to the loss of wagons, horses, and cattle. It also forced them to engage in heavy labor by clearing the path ahead of them, and created deep divisions between members of the party. They had planned to be in California by September, but found themselves trapped in the Sierra Nevada by early November.
Most of the party took shelter in three cabins that had been constructed two years earlier at Truckee Lake (now Donner Lake), while a smaller group camped several miles away. Food stores quickly ran out, and a group of 15 men and women attempted to reach California on snowshoes in December, but became disoriented in the mountains before succumbing to starvation and cold. Only seven members of the snowshoe party survived, by eating the flesh of their dead companions. Meanwhile, the Mexican American War delayed rescue attempts from California, although family members and authorities in California tried to reach the stranded pioneers but were turned back by harsh weather. The first rescue group reached the remaining members, who were starving and feeble, in February 1847. Weather conditions were so bad that three rescue groups were required to lead the rest to California, the last arriving in March. Most of these survivors also had resorted to cannibalism. Forty-eight members of the Donner Party survived to live in California. Although a minor incident in the record of westward migration in North America, the Donner Party became notorious for the reported claims of cannibalism. Efforts to memorialize the Donner Party were underway within a few years; historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in California history and in the record of western migration.
What if your spouse had died and you had young children at home who depended on and needed you?
mmmmmmmmmmmm that is a tough one, but I would know the wrong of eating a human would destroy me inside
Going Dahmer on a human body is wrong..trying to survive as these guys did is not.
If you don’t believe in God you’ll do anything!!!
They traveled months; and ended just short and a few hours from getting far enough, that they could have made on west and down the Sierras to safety.
Also take into consideration the lack of oxygen at altitude and the numbing cold. Such desperate circumstances would cause many to do things they would otherwise never even consider. I don’t know for a fact, but I bet the deceased were stripped of any jackets, blankets, possibly even socks and shoes in an attempt to stay warm. They won’t do the deceased any good.
Would you consider wearing the clothes of a deceased person from the opposite gender if you thought it might keep you from freezing to death no matter how ridiculous it might have looked? In other circumstances, no. But in these conditions, I might.
There have been many who have gone through similar situations than those in the 1972 Andes plane crash and who have written and spoken about it—and who have not eaten people who died next to them, even though they themselves were starving. I think of the Jewish holocaust.
I have read accounts of people who have been imprisoned and tortured because they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; they gave up their food and their covering for others who were suffering in prison with them, and the ones left to tell the stories couldn’t understand it. This is going on today in many countries.
It’s because they believe in God’s provision (Christ) for the forgiveness of their sins and in His many promises, one of which is to live in His presence forever in His glorious kingdom.
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. [1 Corinthians 15:55-58]
Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to remember to check that out. I read the book in high school. I should re-read. I find stories of survival like that very interesting, compelling.
Not a case of having to eat another human to survive, but I saw this on cable several months ago. The emotional and physical strength this man had to muster to survive was amazing.
I Shouldnt Be Alive. Mt. Ranier in WA.
Oops, that was just the promo link. Here is the complete episode if you are interested:
What's the difference between a dead human carcass and a dead deer carcass?
After a month of no food, do you think you could tell the difference between the two if served one or the other?
Sorry bro but I don't buy your grandiose swagger, nobody can predict what they would REALLY do under the most absolute extreme conditions of survival...nobody.
Yes, it is a good thing........ :(
I am a lady. I don’t eat humans. I believe in God’s provision and I don’t eat humans. Under any circumstances.
After he was dead it wasn’t anyone’s friend, just a dead body. Meat.
Then convince me that it wasn't God that took the life of the human in order to provide sustenance for you to survive 3 months without food so that you could eventually return to your family and fulfill God's plan for you?
And you truly have no idea what you would do under their circumstances. None.
As a side note, what this man has done with his life is a testament to the trial and tribulation that God laid out before him and the path that he followed...As horrible as it may seem, it was God’s choosing.
I like your post. How many lives has this many saved and made better by being alive? Those people weren't coming back. He had to make a horrible choice, desperate choice, but his continued existence has benefited people greatly, I'm sure.