Rescue Workers Find 13 Student Climbers Stranded by Typhoon
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Rescue workers today found the last 13 of 27 student mountain climbers who were missing after being stranded on a mountain by Typhoon Teresa, a official said.
One student died, but 10 others were rescued Monday, Rodolfo Umali, provincial administrator of the Oriental Mindoro province, told a radio station. Some of those rescued had minor injuries, he said.
The students, from mountaineering clubs at two Manila colleges, were scaling Mount Halcon on Friday when the typhoon struck.
Three of the students descended back down the 8,200-foot mountain 90 miles southwest of Manila, to seek help, air force spokesman Col. Felipe Gaerlan said.
Umali said the body of the dead student was found near the tip of the mountain and would be brought down today.
Packing winds of up to 94 miles per hour, Typhoon Teresa plowed through Quezon and into Manila and nearby provinces, killing at least 26 other people.
The storm damaged or destroyed more than 30,000 homes. Most of the dead drowned or were hit by falling debris.