Albert's email from yesterday in afternoon:
"Carles foot condition has not improved and does not allow him to progress with a minimum normality. We have activated his rescue in the early morning, and it seems that the airplane will be coming in a few hours, as visibility and wind conditions are good, and, luckily we are in a perfect landing spot.
Albert has decided to continue on his own and try to go as far as he can. The "POL SUD 1911-2011" project continues, but it will never be the same...
Whilst we were waiting for the airplane, Carles has written this farewell letter ":
GOODBYE TO A DREAM
"Today, 17th of November of 2011 I am forced to write this farewell letter. I will try and make it brief, intense and scarcely emotive.
I have lived the three week - emotionally - more intense of my whole life.
With my friend Albert we have lived to the limit and I even think that we've gone a bit further away in his frontiers. It has been a very tough, intense, and rewarding experience that will undoubtedly help in many aspects of my life, to even become a better person and continue in the search of perfection that does not exist.
An untimely left foot injury, leaving aside some small frostbite in a finger, leaves me with no other option than to abandon this WHITE AND INFINIT DREAM. I cannot carry on without feeling pain, and everything has its limits. I know if I carry on with this adventure, It can get worse and the consequences can be much more severe. With the winter season round the corner, nor I can allow myself, nor I want this to go any further. I hope you understand.
I renounce FOR GOOD to what has been my dream during these last 10 years. Follow your dreams until the end... is my motto, it always has, and it will ever be. There are although, all sorts of dreams, and this is one of them.
From the Antarctica, and waiting to be rescued by air, I want to thank ALL OF YOU, especially to those most loved ones, all the support that you have given to us day in day out through the blog and the telephone. Without you, life right in the middle of the ice, would have been a lot harder than what it has been. Both Albert and my self will never forget that.
Thanks for everything; I will hold you in my own heart for ever more!!!"