Friday 13 December 2019

Rescued ponder price of freedom in media storm

Nathan Crooks

CHILE'S freed miners are negotiating to sell their accounts of the world's longest underground rescue, according to a family member of one miner.

Some of the 33 men have brokered interview deals for as much as $20,000 (€14,000), said Arnoldo Plaza Vega (46), whose cousin Alex Vega was the tenth man to the surface.

"Alex hasn't decided how much he is going to charge," Mr Plaza said yesterday in an interview from Copiapo, where most of the miners are still recovering in hospital from the two-month ordeal. "We've heard others have received $20,000."

Until now the rescued miners haven't told their full story publicly. The men reached a pact about what they will make public and what will remain private, Mr Plaza said.

They have been invited to make appearances in Spain, England and Greece, and mining entrepreneur Leonardo Farkas gave each five million pesos (€7,400).

Irish Independent

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