Timeout Action Interview

In October 1972, an airplane carrying 45 young people, many of them players of a rugby team, crashed in the Cordillera de los Andes. Twelve killed in the fall. The survivors had to endure extreme cold, thirst and hunger among other things. They tried to resist but his hope fell when he heard a radio, that the search had been abandoned. It was the 10th day after the accident. They endured very low temperatures (30 degrees below zero at night), avalanches of snow, then anguished by the continuos deaths of his companions, two boys decided to cross the huge mountains to reach Chile.

Thus on December 22, 1972, after having been for 73 days isolated, the world learns that there are 16 survivors. One of them is Ramon Sabella. Then Ramon Sabella was 21 years old, was a student of agricultural engineering and was on the plane for being friend of some components of the rugby team. Today it is an entrepreneur and shares their business with the facet of the speaker, giving lectures around the world. For me, the essence of your message can be summarized in this phrase: after the accident had a passive attitude: we expected to us rescue. The 10th day hear on the radio is leaving search, because we thought that was dead.

First reactions were total decay: we suffered, we cry, we feel abandoned after our attitude has changed and we decided to take action. We begin to act to try to save us ourselves. Our goal: live. (Ramon Sabella) Ramon, what you think it was the key that made that you were one of the survivors? They were many things, mainly the education that I received from my parents, Ramon and Martha. Known as Chiquito made us very independent and encouraged our power of adaptability. I was working and studying. It worked without need, because I liked to do things.