French Rescuers Remove Haitian Man from Collapse 11 Days after Quake

 

 
 
 

| Monday, January 25, 2010


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti An international team of rescuers unearthed a 23-year-old man in good condition from deep beneath the concrete and wooden wreckage of a hotel grocery store Saturday, 11 days after an earthquake crumbled Haiti s capital.

Dozens of onlookers cheered when Rismond Exantus was carried from a narrow tunnel on a stretcher and placed in an ambulance. He braced one arm with the other.

I was hungry, Exantus said. But every night I thought about the revelation that I would survive.

He said he survived initially by diving under a desk when the rubble started to fall around him. Trapped in such a small space, he had lie on his back the entire time and survived by drinking cola and beer and eating cookies.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Extrication and Rescue, Natural Disasters

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

South Dakota Ambulance Struggles with Staffing

State gives service a deadline to recruit more members.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Maryland Paramedic Recognized for Valor at Traumatic Crash

Medic worked on a firefighter pinned in a violent crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Bill Makes EMS Violence a Felony

Mandatory jail time for people convicted of assaulting an EMT or paramedic.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Michigan Ambulance Crash Causes Building Explosion

MMR ring crashed into a gas line at their company quarters.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

South Korea Ferry Disaster

Death toll expected to rise dramatically.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Boston Bombing Heroes

A look at four who became well known in the tragic bombing.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Fatal, Fiery California Bus Crash

Seven students and two drivers killed in crash.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >