Miracle Rescue after Niigata Quake
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 Posted: 06:33 PM JST
A 2-year old boy and his mother, Takako Minagawa (39) were rescued from a car after they had been buried for 90 hours in a quake-triggered landslide. The boy and the mother were immediately airlifted to a hospital in Nagaoka. The boy is reported to be alive, but the mother was later pronounced dead. She had no pulse when she was removed from the car. A second child, a 3-year old girl is still trapped in the car. Her condition is unknown.
Police, firefighters, Self-Defense Forces troops and Niigata officials started the seemingly hopeless rescue operation after the car was found Tuesday. The three had gone missing after a series of strong earthquakes shook Niigata prefecture over the week-end. Many roads in the area have been destroyed by giant landslides.
The drama of the missing mother and her two young children has gripped the nation. Many in Japan have been following the rescue efforts live on TV.
* * *