September 5th, 2010
07:59 AM ET

Crash survivors' message for Chilean miners: 'Don't give up'

For months, the men waited in isolation, struggling to survive. They forced themselves to eat the flesh of dead friends to sustain themselves.

The Uruguayan rugby players whose plane crashed in the Andes Mountains 38 years ago inspired the book and movie "Alive." On Saturday, four of them shared a message with the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for a month.

"Don't give up," former rugby player Moncho Sabella said. "You have a marvelous team working for you."

"We thank you as Chilean workers, and hope to be able to give you a hug later," he said.

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  1. Mike

    Maybe they can give some suggestions as to which body parts to start with in the people who've already died.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mn

    start with your alleged brain you idiot. .did your parents have any kids that lived?

    September 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    I am not too thrill about his suggestion, but what he was trying to tell them, eat one of yours if you have to survive. The day has come. A scream from the hole, " Alberto send some hot sauce, and some burritos, Miguel was cooked".

    September 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz

      You're as big of an A$$ as Mike. If you watched the news they have a pipe that allows food to be sent down. Don't worry your day of tragedy is coming.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gilberto

    One day you that joke and blaspheme against this human tragedy will experience your own suggestion in order to learn to respect human disgrace and our feelings!!

    September 6, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazz

      I pray for the trapped miners and hope that they all survive. I also pray for the families and other loved ones who have such a long agonizing wait. Keep the faith.

      I must also pray for the fools who post such insensitive remarks. I can't pray for their souls because they obviously don't have one.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gilberto

    Hey! You guys from CNN! Arent you supposed to moderate the posted messages? How can you let unrespected ironies against the Chileans miners like these by idiots be posted? You should take them out immediately,because I am sure you disagree with that, dont you?

    September 6, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazz

      Don't worry Gilberto. God is watching and his memory is everlasting.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |