SHENZHEN, China, (Reuters) – A man was pulled out alive yesterday more than 60 hours after being buried when a waste heap collapsed on an industrial estate in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and there could be at least one other survivor, state media said.
Tian Zeming, who was found at 3:30 a.m. (1930 GMT Tuesday), was in a coherent state but his legs had been crushed, the official Xinhua news agency said.
“He told the soldiers who rescued him, there is another survivor close by,” Xinhua said.
Firefighters had to squeeze into a narrow room around Tian and pull debris out by hand, rescuer Zhang Yabin told Xinhua.
Tian has had surgery and is in a stable condition in hospital, the Xinhua report said.
Xinhua later said that another body was also discovered, although it was not clear if that was the person to whom Tian had referred. A body was also recovered from the rubble on Tuesday.
The government has said more than 70 people are missing in China’s latest industrial disaster, although this figure continues to be revised down as authorities make contact with people who were believed to have been buried but were not.