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2 Pulled From Wreckage in Taiwan

September 26, 1999

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Rescuers burrowed through a shattered high-rise Sunday to rescue two brothers who had survived six days beneath the rubble of Tuesday’s earthquake.

Sun Chi-kwang, a 20-year-old engineering student, and his 23-year-old brother Sun Chi-feng, drank their own urine, ate apples and gave each other encouragement while trapped in the 12-story complex, which housed a hotel, bank and offices.

The younger brother, stripped to the waist, was standing upright and appeared healthy as he was lifted from the rubble by a crane. His elder brother was rushed from the scene on a stretcher.

After the rescue, workers continued to dig through the rubble hoping that several others still inside could also be found alive.

The brothers were playing cards on the third floor of the complex when the earthquake hit, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou quoted them as saying.

Kuo An-rong, an official at the Sungshan Military Hospital where the brothers were taken, told a press conference they ate nothing but two good apples and one rotten one.

Su Chong-jen, chief of surgery at the hospital, said they were out of danger, but would be closely examined in for three to five days for possible lung infection and pneumonia. The brothers inhaled too much smoke and dust while trapped under the rubble, Su added.

``They are both very clear and conscious of what happened. What they need now is rest,″ said Su in a telephone interview.

The surgeon said the Sun brothers would also be examined for internal damage, particularly to the kidneys and liver.

The earthquake, which struck Tuesday and killed more than 2,000 people, wrecked the 78-room Sungshan Hotel. The bottom floors of the hotel collapsed, leaving it leaning on a neighboring commercial building. Otherwise, the powerful tremor otherwise did relatively little damage in the Taiwanese capital.

About 100 people were rescued from the structure, but a number of others were trapped inside.

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