A Spanish extreme athlete returned to the outdoors on Friday morning April 14 after more than 500 days spent in a natural cave, completely cut off from the world at a depth of 70 meters, qualifying for the trial as“excellent” And “incomparable”… despite the infestation of flies.
“It’s been a year and a half that I haven’t spoken to anyone, that I’m alone with myself.”said Beatriz Flamini, 50, during a press conference in Motril, a small town located in the south of Andalusia (the southern region of Spain), near the coast.
sequel after announcement
She had emerged about two hours ago, with the help of speleologists, from a cave located about 10 kilometers away, at the bottom of which she had been since November 21, 2021 – that is, for a period of 510 days – to conduct a scientific experiment. Evaluate the physical and mental impact of complete solitude and lost signs of time.
No phone, no watch
Beatriz Flamini, who apologized several times for having difficulty finding her words, explained that she only had books, artificial light, and cameras to record her experience, but no phone or device to tell the time or day of the year.
Locked in a cave in Ariège for 40 days, the volunteers of the “Deep Time” project prepare to get out
“Challenges of this kind were many, but none with all the characteristics of this challenge: alone and in complete solitude, without contact with the outside, without (natural) light, without reference to time.”commented David Reyes, a member of the Andalusian Federation of Speleologists, who was responsible for Flamini’s safety.
Strong Resistance Demonstration.
In an interview with Spanish Public Television (TVE), Spanish Tourism Minister Hector Gomez praised the athlete’s performance, describing “strong resistance demonstration”.
According to the Spanish press, this would be a world record in this category for the longest time spent underground in complete isolation.