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French Rescuers Remove Haitian Man from Collapse 11 Days after Quake

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.