Man saved 67 hours af­ter

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHOAI HUA in Shen­zhen grace@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

A 21-year-old man was found alive on Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing buried in de­bris for 67 hours fol­low­ing Sun­day’s land­slide at an in­dus­trial park in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince.

Tian Zem­ing, who was found in a col­lapsed build­ing, is the first sur­vivor to be res­cued. He has bro­ken bones and se­ri­ous bruis­ing, and is be­ing treated at Guang­ming New Dis­trict Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal, where he was re­united with fam­ily mem­bers.

Tian, who comes from Chongqing, be­gan work­ing at a com­pany in the in­dus­trial park a few months ago.

He Yong, the sol­dier who res­cued him, said, “I asked him for his name and if he was in pain, and he an­swered me clearly.”

Sol­diers de­tected signs of life two days ago, and af­ter dig­ging 5 me­ters into the mud they fi­nally reached the top of the col­lapsed build­ing. They drilled two holes through con­crete to al­low a res­cuer in.

The sol­dier kept talk­ing to Tian to keep him awake. At 6:40 am, Tian was pulled from the build­ing with his eyes and nose cov­ered by a glove for pro­tec­tion and with a hel­met placed on his head.

He said Tian was very brave be­cause he tried to stand and walk af­ter be­ing pulled clear of the de­bris.

Xin­hua News Agency said, “Tian told the sol­diers who res­cued him that there was an­other sur­vivor close by.” How­ever, the agency later re­ported that res­cuers had found an­other body rather than a sur­vivor.

Tian said he had been be­hind the door to an of­fice when the build­ing was swept by the mud­slide, so the walls and other struc­tures pro­vided him with a breath­ing space.

He was among 76 peo­ple ear­lier re­ported miss­ing in the land­slide. The au­thor­i­ties have re­vised the num­ber down af­ter more peo­ple were reached.

More than 5,000 res­cuers were con­tin­u­ing to comb the rub­ble to try to find sur­vivors.

JIN LIANGKUAI / XIN­HUA

Tian Zem­ing, 21, is car­ried by res­cue work­ers on Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing pulled from de­bris 67 hours af­ter a land­slide crushed a build­ing in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince. More than 5,000 res­cue work­ers were on the scene.

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