Mary-Anne Goosens: Am I Being Cynical?

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13 Jul 2011 12:00 AM by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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I am not a natural cynic but after reading the account of a Dutch lady’s 18 day ordeal in the Nerja mountains (today’s El Pais) I am unconvinced of its truthfulness. Mary-Anne Goosens was ‘trapped between crags’ after clambering in to it.

She wasn’t disabled or injured. She told hikers who found her and offered to help her out of the gulley she was too weak to do so. I presume they wouldn’t have offered had they not thought she was capable of doing so. Maybe she was weak after 18 days she says she was in there but it takes fortitude to live in the open for so long without food; that fortitude had deserted her when the option to climb out was much less arduous.

She was 'self sufficient enough to survive' and knew a few survival tricks but on the other hand she had behaved like an irresponsible child by breaking every rule in the book. Not telling anyone she was setting out; the usual advice.
She had a helicopter ride home. She refused to talk with the media until she got to Holland. There her children had set up a Press conference. Would local Spanish journalists be far more familiar with such predicaments and have been a little too inquisitive? I can smell a book coming out of this one.


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13 Jul 2011 6:08 PM by Jimbofinn Star rating in Chiclana De La Front.... 213 posts Send private message

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It's lucky she didn't have to cut a limb off like the guy did when he fell down a crag a year or so ago in the States.  Like you I remain cynicall????


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13 Jul 2011 8:36 PM by roddy1 Star rating in Leeds/ Balsicas. 250 posts Send private message

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Yes it never ceases to amaze me, even in the UK they go potholing, mountain climbing etc. They fail to check weather reports are ill equipped putting  other peoples life's at risk. Which is another burden on the tax payer, should be made to take out adequate insurance.

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