Pair found in rubble in Ishinomaki

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Pref. (Kyodo) An 80-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were rescued from a demolished house in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday, nine days after the magnitude 9 quake and ensuing tsunami devastated the area, local police said.

Sumi Abe and her grandson Jin, who were taken to Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital, sustained no injuries, although Jin is suffering from hypothermia, the police said.

During the search for survivors in the city, four local police officers found the boy on the roof of the demolished house calling for help. They later found the woman after the boy told them she was in the house.

The boy said they had been stranded at the house since the quake hit on March 11 and survived by eating yogurt and drinking water and Coca-Cola stored in the refrigerator.