- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 23, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Searchers pulled two survivors from the rubble of Haiti’s devastating earthquake on Friday, rescuing a man and an elderly woman a staggering 10 days after homes collapsed on top of them.

In one part of the capital city, an Israeli search team pulled a 22-year-old man from a crevasse in what once was a three-story home, according to an Israeli Defense Forces statement and video of the rescue obtained by The Associated Press.

An Israeli military statement said local residents led the team to the site, adding that the man was in stable condition at an Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Shirtless and covered in dust, the man appeared to be either unconscious or barely conscious as he was hoisted onto a stretcher.

Elsewhere, an 84-year-old woman was said by relatives to have been pulled from the wreckage of her home, according to doctors administering oxygen and intravenous fluids to her at the General Hospital. Doctors said she was in critical condition.

The European Commission says international rescue crews have rescued more than 125 people since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Jan. 12.

However, much of the focus of the quake’s aid workers has shifted to helping the hundreds of thousands of newly homeless in the impoverished nation and some rescue crews have started to depart because of the time since the quake.

“The more days that go by without signs of life, the dimmer these hopes will become,” said David Wimhurst, a spokesman for the UN mission in Haiti.



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