Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Women Found Alive in Rubble of Thai Hotel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Women Found Alive in Rubble of Thai Hotel

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Hours after giving up hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers discovered five women alive late Monday. The women had been trapped for three days in the rubble of a collapsed hotel.

Working under floodlights, rescue teams dug a tunnel to the women through concrete and steel. But they were unable to free the women, two of whom were described as very weak.

The women were given food, water and soft drinks and air was pumped into the tunnel through plastic tubes.

The mother of one of the women went to the edge of the tunnel and, shaking and out of breath, shouted: "Mother is here!"

Earlier Monday, authorities had ruled out finding more survivors and began using cranes and bulldozers to remove debris from the Royal Plaza Hotel in Korat, 130 miles northeast of Bangkok.

But then the five survivors were found in a conference room where almost 120 teachers had been meeting when the hotel caved in Friday. The workers returned to using hand tools to remove debris to avoid the risk of collapse. …

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