WEIGUAN JINLONG TALKS:Ko Ching-chung said he had given up hope of being rescued, while eight-year-old Lin Su-chin told her grandparents she wanted snacks
Date: Feb 10, 2016
By: AP, TAINAN
After propping himself against a wall for 20 hours to avoid smothering his
girlfriend, Ko Ching-chung’s strength was draining away.
The young couple had been trapped in Saturday’s pre-dawn collapse of the Weiguan Jinlong complex in Tainan’s Yongkang District (永康) following a strong earthquake. Outside, rescuers were frantically searching for survivors amid the smashed concrete and twisted iron.
“Toward the end, to tell you the truth, I had already given up,” Ko told broadcaster FTV from his hospital bed on Monday, a day after he and his girlfriend were rescued.
“I had no strength left to hold myself up anymore. My body fell on top of her. She would have soon not been able to breathe. I said to her I had to lie on top of her, and she said to me it’s OK,” he said. [FULL STORY]