Friday, 29 July 2016

Alive : The story of the Andes Survivors


On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks, they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable...
This is their story - one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.


In the year 2008 when I was in the Insurance business, I attended the annual meeting of the Million Dollar Round Table at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. The MDRT is the Premier Association of Financial Professionals. [The name has nothing to do with money]
The author of 'Alive' was one of the feature speakers. He related his survival experience to the packed audience. What he told us brought tears to the eyes of many.
He was just eighteen years old when the plane in which he was travelling crashed into the Andes. It split into two and most of his friends were badly injured. They were stranded for many days and nights.
To avoid spoilers I will say no more.
He sold many paperback copies at the Conference.
The book which was also made into a movie is a great read.
You will not want to miss this.