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Earthquake victim rescued

Associated Press
Published April 3, 2005


GUNUNG SITOLI, Indonesia - A man heard crying out for water was pulled alive Saturday from beneath the rubble of a building demolished by Indonesia's most recent earthquake, a day after rescue teams formally called off the search for survivors.

The 42-year-old man, identified only as Hendra, was trapped for five days in the remains of his three-story shop and home.

Hundreds of onlookers watched the seven-hour rescue operation.

Hendra lived in the building in Gunung Sitoli, Nias Island's capital, with his wife and two children. He said he was the only one to survive. A doctor who treated him said Hendra suffered only minor scratches and dehydration.

Monday's 8.7-magnitude quake killed at least 548 people.

"We had given up hope. Look, we had even provided coffins," Hendra's brother, Kok Ciong, said Saturday, pointing to coffins nearby.

[Last modified April 3, 2005, 00:11:06]


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