One of the things that sucks about being stuck in a collapsed mine – aside from the darkness, claustrophobia and millions of tons of rock above your head – is that you have no control over what happens on the surface.
Such is the case for one of Chile’s 33 trapped miners, Yonni Barrios. The 50-year-old, who was responsible for vaccinating all of the trapped men (including himself) against influenza and pneumonia has found himself in a spot of bother on the home front. When his wife, 56-year-old Marta Salinas showed up at the site, she heard another Susana Valenzuela shouting his name and realized she was not the only woman in his life.
Ms Salinas had this to say of the matter:
Barrios is my husband. He loves me and I am his devoted wife. This woman has no legitimacy.
Susana Valenzuela, who met him five years ago at a training seminar, seemed undeterred:
We are in love. I’ll wait for him.
Top: Left, Marta Salinas (wife); Right, Susana Valenzuela (mistress).
Middle: Caught in the middle, Yonni Barrios.
Bottom: Yonni Barrios in happier times.