In what is being considered a contender for the title of the longest period of time spent underground without interaction with other people, after spending almost 15 months underground, a Spanish adventurer who competes in extreme sports has finally emerged.
At the time that Beatriz Flamini reached Granada in the cave, Russia hadn’t yet attacked Ukraine, and the planet continued to be in the throes of a pandemic caused by the Covid virus.
It was a component of an experiment that was being watched very carefully by scientists.
I’m still trapped on 21st November 2021. After emerging from the cave, she remarked, “I have no idea what else is going on around the world.”
Ms. Flamini, who is now 50 years old, entered the cave when she was 48. She kept herself active by painting and knitting while she was holed up in a cave that was 70 meters (230 feet) deep.
According to her backing team, she read sixty books and drank one thousand liters of water during the challenge.
She was observed by a team of psychologists, speleologists, and researchers, who are experts in the field of cave research; nevertheless, none of the specialists made interaction with her during their time spent monitoring her.
She was seen crawling outside of the cave while smiling on a video broadcast on the Spanish network TVE, and she embraced her colleagues once she did so.
In her comments made shortly afterward, she characterized her experience as outstanding and unparalleled.
She responded, “I have been silent for over a year and a half, not speaking to anyone but myself,” when reporters prodded her for further information while she was being questioned.
Because I can’t keep my equilibrium, you’re holding me right now. If you don’t mind, I’d like to have a shower because it’s been over a year and a half since I’ve had any contact with water. I’m going to see you again after a little time. Do you not mind if I do that?
Ms. Flamini then revealed to reporters that after around two months, she had lost her record of time.
She stated that there was a point in time when she had to stop calculating the days, adding that she estimated that she was stuck in the cave for somewhere between 160 and 170 days.
She reported that one of the most difficult parts of the experience was when it was an infestation of flies within the cave, which left her covered.
The highly skilled athlete also reported having hallucinations of sounds and voices.
She advised that you remain silent so that your brain can create its own narrative.
The period of time that she spent by herself allowed specialists to investigate the effect that isolation from society and extreme transient disorientation have on a person’s sense of the passage of time.
According to Ms. Flamini’s supportive team, she broke a world mark for the longest period spent in a cave. However, the Guinness World Records website does not indicate whether or not there is an official record for the longest period spent living voluntarily in a cave.
The 33 miners from Chile and Bolivia who were buried underground for 69 days and 688 meters after the demise of copper-gold mining in Chile in 2010 have been given the record for the longest duration lived while being stuck underground.