June 9, 2023

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What he said when he left and why he did it

Beatrice Flamini spent a year and a half without contact with sunlight or outside information. His incredible adventure will be part of a documentary.

Accomplished Spanish elite athlete Isolated in a cave for 500 daysWithout direct contact with the outside or natural light, this Friday claims to have had an experience coming to the surface “The best, second to none”.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone for a year and a half, myself”, Beatriz Flamini told reporters after getting the help of speleologists from a cave located about 10 kilometers from Motril (Andalusia, south), where he spent 500 days 70 meters underground.

Flamini had books, artificial light and cameras to record his experience No phone or tools to keep track of timeand was supported by a technical team that left her food somewhere in the cave without communicating with her.

“I don’t know what happened in the world (…) I still have November 21, 2021“, on the first day in the cave, “When I saw all of you with masks, it was still (the) Covid (epidemic) for me,” Flamini, 50, said, referring to journalists wearing masks for protection.


A scene inside the cave where Beatrice Flamini spent 500 days. Photo: via REUTERS.

“There are many such challenges, But nothing with all the premises marked: alone and completely isolated, without outside contact, without (natural) light, without time cues,” said David Reiss of the Andalusian Speleology Federation, which was in charge of Flamini’s conservation.

Experience, it will be The subject of a documentary From a Spanish production company TocumaliyaIt was one of his purposes to see Such is the mental and physical effect of isolation.

Received by Beatrice Flamini upon leaving the Cave of Motril, Granada.  Photo: EFE/Alba Feixas
Received by Beatrice Flamini upon leaving the Cave of Motril, Granada. Photo: EFE/Alba Feixas
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Hector G√≥mez, the tourism minister, assessed on public television that it was a “test of extreme resistance”, he said he hoped. “This test is very valuable” Scientist.

“The ship sets off again on a journey lasting 500 days (…) and we read each other again in April/May 2023,” Flamini wrote. instagram in November 2021, two days before your experience begins.

“There have been difficult moments, there have been very beautiful moments, and it’s true that both have been achieved,” the athlete, who has spent isolated periods on mountain peaks in the past, told a press conference. As reported in instagram.

He affirms that he “never” thought of quitting even when he suffered Invasion of flies Inside the cave, she said she spent time “reading, writing, drawing, knitting, being, enjoying.”

Beatriz Flamini speaks to reporters after leaving the Modril Cave.  Photo: EFE/Alba Feixas.
Beatriz Flamini speaks to reporters after leaving the Modril Cave. Photo: EFE/Alba Feixas.

“I didn’t talk to myself out loud, the conversations I had, I was completely internal,” she said.

“I got along better with myself,” she laughs.

Source: AFP

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