NZ quake zone res­cuers re­turn

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

A QUEENS­LAND search and res­cue team has re­turned home from earth­quake rav­aged Christchurch af­ter re­cov­er­ing 43 dead bod­ies from the rub­ble of the col­lapsed Can­ter­bury TV build­ing. The task­force of 72 spe­cial­ist search and res­cue per­son­nel left for Christchurch the day af­ter the 6.3 mag­ni­tude quake struck on Fe­bru­ary 22. They ar­rived back in Bris­bane on Satur­day night af­ter a har­row­ing fort­night and have been re­placed by a sec­ond con­tin­gent.

Deputy task­force leader Peter Daw­son said the day it ar­rived half the team set up a base camp while the oth­ers got straight to work in the CBD search­ing for sur­vivors.

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