‘Miracle’ survivor discovered 5 days after S.Africa constructing collapse


A person raises his hand as rescue staff carry him to an ambulance after being rescued having survived 118 hours after a lethal constructing collapse in George, South Africa, on Saturday. Reuters

Rescuers and onlookers cheered and applauded on Saturday as a survivor was rescued after 116 hours from beneath the rubble of a collapsed constructing in South Africa, with the tragedy having killed not less than 13.

“It’s a miracle that we have now all been hoping for” provincial premier Alan Winde mentioned on X. An condominium block beneath development within the southern metropolis of George crumbled Monday afternoon whereas a crew of 81 have been on website.

“After we went right down to the aspect of the slab we had uncovered, we heard someone inside and we stopped all of the heavy operations,” Colin Deiner, head of rescue operations, advised reporters.

Rescuers then known as out to the survivor and he spoke again, Deiner mentioned. “He indicated to us that he is acquired weight on his legs, and we’re very involved about that after such an extended time period.”

After a number of hours, the survivor was extricated and rushed to a hospital. Rescue groups have been working towards time ever for the reason that construction got here crashing down. Thirty folks have been rescued alive whereas thirty-eight remained unaccounted for.

Winde mentioned a “tough” identification course of was underway and that police have been utilizing fingerprints, DNA testing and images.

Building plans for a 42-unit condominium block had been accepted by town in July.  The explanations for the collapse are nonetheless unknown.

Agence France-Presse

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