Spanish athlete lives alone 230 feet underground, 500 days in Timecave experiment-resistant to leave
As part of a project called "Timecave," Beatriz Flamini of Madrid started living 230 feet below the ground in November 2021.
A Spanish athlete has come out of a cave after being alone for 500 days.
The Associated Press and Reuters say that Beatriz Flamini, a 50-year-old woman from Madrid, went into the cave in southern Spain on November 20, 2021.
The AP said that she finally got out of the cave around 9 a.m. local time on Friday. The cave was about 70 meters (230 feet) deep.
Flamini told the press that she kept busy by going to the gym, reading books, drawing, painting, and knitting.
"In fact, I didn't want to come out," she told him.
BBC and Reuters say that Flamini was 48 years old when she first went into the cave in Granada.
During the experiment, psychologists, researchers, and speleologists, who study rocks, kept an eye on Flamini, but they never talked to her, according to the reports.
AP and BBC report that Flamini said she lost track of time after about two months. But the climber thought she had only been underground for about 160 or 170 days.
"I was sleeping when they came to get me. Flamini told reporters, "I thought something had happened," as reported by Reuters. "I said: 'Already? Certainly not.' My book wasn't done yet."
The AP says that Flamini's 500-day trip was part of a project called "Timecave." The goal was to find out how well a person could live underground for a long time.
As part of the experiment, experts looked at how the body reacts to being alone and being very confused for a short time, according to the BBC.
"I'm still stuck on November 21, 2021," Flamini said to reporters on Friday. "I don't know anything at all about the world."
Flamini could have also broken a world record. Her team thinks she holds the record for being underground the longest, but the Guinness Book of World Records has not yet confirmed this.
Flamini told Reuters that she had never thought about hitting the panic button she was given. She kept going even when there were so many flies that they covered her in bugs.
The story from the BBC says that the extreme athlete also had "auditory hallucinations" while in the cave. She had trouble keeping her balance, so she needed help getting up while talking to reporters.
Still, Flamini was thrilled by the experience, which she called "excellent" and "unbeatable," according to the AP and the BBC.
According to a story by Reuters, Flamini said, "You have to stay aware of how you feel." "It's okay to be afraid, but don't let panic take over or you'll be paralyzed."
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