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Severely short-sighted Chinese worker is found alive in 'miracle' rescue

A nearsighted Chinese worker who tended to colleagues injured in a deadly earthquake then got lost in the mountains has been rescued 17 days later

A severely myopic Chinese worker is found alive in a ‘miracle’ rescue after wandering remote mountains without his glasses for 17 DAYS seeking help after a deadly earthquake

  • Gan Yu, took care of his injured colleagues after an earthquake, then got lost
  • He had lost his glasses and had difficulty navigating the mountainous terrain
  • Rescuers feared Gan succumbed to hypothermia after finding his clothes

A nearsighted Chinese worker who tended to colleagues injured in a deadly earthquake and then got lost in the mountains has been rescued 17 days later.

The 6.6 magnitude quake hit the southwestern province of Sichuan earlier this month, killing at least 93 people and forcing thousands to be resettled in temporary camps.

Gan Yu, an employee of the Wandong hydroelectric power plant in Sichuan, was found alive but injured by a local villager on Wednesday, China Public Radio (CNR) said, calling the rescue a “miracle of life”.

A nearsighted Chinese worker who tended to colleagues injured in a deadly earthquake then got lost in the mountains has been rescued 17 days later

A nearsighted Chinese worker who tended to colleagues injured in a deadly earthquake then got lost in the mountains has been rescued 17 days later

Gan was on duty with his colleague Luo Yong on September 5 when the earthquake struck, and the couple stayed to provide first aid to injured colleagues and prevent flooding by releasing water from the dam.

Gan was on duty with his colleague Luo Yong on September 5 when the earthquake struck, and the couple stayed to provide first aid to injured colleagues and prevent flooding by releasing water from the dam.

Gan was on duty with colleague Luo Yong on September 5 when the earthquake struck, and the duo remained on site to provide first aid to injured colleagues and prevent flooding by releasing water from the dam.

They attempted to leave the remote power station by walking about 20 kilometers (12 miles).

But Gan – who is severely nearsighted – had lost his glasses during the quake and had difficulty navigating the mountainous terrain, CNR said.

The two men desperately tried to signal distant rescuers to call for help.

“We took off our clothes, tied them to tree branches and waved them around,” Luo told CNR.

They finally decided that Gan should stay put while Luo looked for help.

Luo helped make Gan a bed of moss and bamboo leaves and left him wild fruits and bamboo shoots to eat before the two parted ways.

They attempted to leave the remote power station, walking about 20 kilometers (12 miles)

They attempted to leave the remote power station, walking about 20 kilometers (12 miles)

Luo helped make Gan a bed of moss and bamboo leaves and left him wild fruits and bamboo shoots to eat before the two parted ways.

Luo helped make Gan a bed of moss and bamboo leaves and left him wild fruits and bamboo shoots to eat before the two parted ways.

The 6.6 magnitude quake hit the southwestern province of Sichuan earlier this month, killing at least 93 people and forcing thousands to be resettled in temporary camps.

The 6.6 magnitude quake hit the southwestern province of Sichuan earlier this month, killing at least 93 people and forcing thousands to be resettled in temporary camps.

Luo was found by rescuers on September 8 after using fire to draw attention from a helicopter, but by the time Gan’s temporary shelter was discovered on September 11, he was missing.

Finding only discarded clothing and footprints, rescuers feared Gan had succumbed to hypothermia.

Earlier this week, local farmer Ni Taigao returned to his village at the foot of the mountain where the power plant is located and heard about Gan hunting.

The villager put his local knowledge to good use and joined the search on Wednesday morning. After only two hours of hiking, he heard Gan’s faint cries and soon spotted him lying under some trees.

It took several hours for other rescuers to reach Gan, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital on Wednesday where doctors found he had suffered multiple bone fractures, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

CCTV footage showed a shaken-looking emaciated Gan confirming his name and gingerly eating a snack offered by rescuers.

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