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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Between a rock and a hard place in Chile: The miner who has a wife AND a mistress on the surface: Illicit affair exposed

Between a rock and a hard place: Among the last to be rescued, the miner who has a wife AND a mistress on the surface
13th October 2010

After 69 days stuck underground, most people would be itching to get to the surface and into the arms of family and friends.
But if Yonni Barrios was not overjoyed about the prospect of being rescued it would be understandable - because the Chilean miner's extra-marital affair was exposed as he sat helpless below the surface.
Barrios, 50, will not be greeted by his wife of 28 years Marta Salinas when he becomes the 20th man to be rescued from the San Jose copper mine in Copiapo, Chile, early tomorrow morning.
Row: Marta Salinas, above, wife of trapped miner Yonni Barrios, will not greet him on his return to the surface after it emerged he was having an affair with Susana Valenzuela, below
She discovered the affair when it emerged that another woman - Susana Valenzuela - had been attending prayer vigils for him since the August 5 accident which left the 33 men stranded.
Rock and a hard place: Miner Yonni Barrios

Salinas said: 'I am happy because he made it, it's a miracle of God. But I'm not going to see the rescue.

'He asked me to, but it turns out that he also asked the other lady, and I am a decent woman. Things are clear: it's her or me.
'I won't even watch it on TV. Besides, in phone conversations and in the letters he has sent me it's clear that he is fine, and that's enough for me.
Salinas said her case is well known, even in the Chilean president's office, but has come in for her criticism for her stance.
'The First Lady (Cecilia Morel) told me that my decision not to go was not bad, to just let her (Barrios' lover) go,' she said.
So far, eight men have been pulled more than 2,000ft to the surface in the tiny escape pod after rescuers reached the miners in a desperate drilling operation.
First out was Florencio Avalos, who wore sunglasses to protect him from the glare of bright lights.
He smiled broadly as he emerged and hugged his sobbing seven-year-old son, Bairon, and wife, then got a bearhug from Chilean President Sebastian Pinera shortly after midnight local time.
Celebration: Miner Juan Illanes becomes the third man to reach the surface amid jubilant scenes
So far, so good: The photographs with ticks show which men have been rescued out of the 33

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