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.
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.
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.