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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 25-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.

``This is really great. This is really good news,″ said the mayor, who was at the site of the dramatic rescue.

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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