Miraculous rescue of China earthquake survivor 17 days later

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A Chinese worker who helped heal his colleagues’ wounds after a deadly earthquake and then disappeared into the mountains was rescued 17 days later.

Gan Yu, an employee at Wandong Hydroelectric Power Plant, was found alive but wounded by a villager on Wednesday, state-run China National Radio (CNR) reported, calling the rescue a “miracle of life.”

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China’s Sichuan province on September 5, killing at least 93 people and forcing thousands into makeshift camps.

Gan was working with colleague Luo Yong when the quake struck, and the two stayed on site to tend to their injured colleagues and prevent flooding from the dam’s outflow.

They walked about 20 kilometers to try to leave the plant, but Gan, who suffers from severe myopia, lost his glasses in the earthquake and had difficulty leaving the mountainous area, according to the RNC.

The two men tried desperately to send signals to the rescuers.

“We take off our clothes, hang them on branches and wave,” Luo told the radio.

They eventually decided to let Gan stay in one place while Luo went looking for help.

Luo was found on September 8 after using fire to attract the attention of a helicopter, but by the time they reached Goose’s makeshift shelter on September 11, he was gone.

A few days ago, local farmer Ni Taigao returned to his village at the foot of the mountain where the hydroelectric power station is located and found out about Goose’s search.

The villager joined the search on Wednesday and after two hours of walking heard Goose’s muffled screams and found him under some trees shortly after.

According to official CCTV television, Gan was removed by helicopter and taken to a hospital where doctors found multiple fractures.

CCTV footage showed Gan unsteady and haggard as he confirmed his name to rescuers and ate a sandwich they offered him.

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