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Pictures | A Spanish athlete returns to the surface after 500 days underground

A Spanish extreme athlete returned to the outdoors on Friday morning after spending a total of 500 days in two stages in a natural cave, cut off from the world at a depth of 70 metres.

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Beatriz Flamini, 50, who came to the surface with the help of caves, said that she descended on November 21, 2021 in this cavity located about 10 kilometers from Motril, a small town in southern Andalusia (southern region of Spain), a total of 508 days if we exclude the days of descent and ascent.

But according to several Spanish media, including the daily newspaper El País, Mrs. Flamini had to interrupt this experience and return to the surface for about a week for reasons of her own safety, before descending into this cave.

Agence France-Presse was unable to obtain confirmation from the athlete or his entourage, but in statements to one of these outlets she admitted that she had stepped up, claiming that she had spent this period alone and in isolation.

His stay in this hollow in the Andalusian Sierra was part of a scientific experiment aimed at assessing the physical and mental impact of complete isolation and loss of long-term temporal landmarks.

During a press conference organized in Motril about two hours after her final exit from the cellar, Beatrice Flamini, who apologized several times for the difficulties she had in finding her words, explained that she simply had books, artificial light and cameras to record her experience, but no phone or device. To find out the time or day of the year.

Commented David Reyes, a member of the Andalusian Federation of Speleologists, who was responsible for the safety of the athletes.

For his part, Spanish Tourism Minister Hector Gomez, in an interview with Spanish Public Television (TVE), praised the athlete’s performance, describing it as “a manifestation of intense resistance”.