60 Minutes: Chilean Miners Contemplated Cannibalism

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Feb 11, 2021

Chilean Miners Contemplated Cannibalism - 60 Minutes. Chilean miners confessed that they contemplated cannibalism before they were rescued. The 33 men were trapped underground for more than three months.

The miners were interviewed by CBS’s 60 Minutes. Prior to being rescued, the 33 Chilean men who were trapped underground for more than three months contemplated suicide and cannibalism. The program discloses the mental and physical strain they endured while trapped.

They were stuck 700 meters underground for 69 days, prior to their internationally broadcast rescue on Oct. 13. The miners’ accounts of their time underground revealed that as food started running out, they considered suicide before the above-ground rescuers made contact with them on Day 16.

“I said to a friend, ‘Well, if we are going to continue suffering, it would be better for us to all go to the refuge, start an engine and with the carbon monoxide, just let ourselves go’,” Victor Zamora said in a statement. Mario Sepulveda, who emerged as a leader of the group, told CBS that when their supplies dwindled, his thoughts turned to cannibalism to survive.

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