(Taiwan quake) HK couple's bodies found

Local | 9 Feb 2018 5:30 pm

The bodies of the Hong Kong couple Peter so and his wife Freda were pulled today from the rubble of a 12-story building, which partly collapsed in the Hualien earthquake earlier in the week, rescue workers confimed.

The death toll has now risen to 12.

The couple, Canadian passport holders, were staying at the Beauty Inn in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, one of the structures that tipped over in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake late Tuesday.

When rescue workers reached them at about 3:29 p.m. the two bodies were found next to each other but the woman's was crushed under a pillar, one of the team members said, the state news agency reports.

The bodies were taken to a nearby hospital mortuary and confirmed to be those of the couple, National Fire Agency, director general Chen Wen-lung told reporters.

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