Eleven-year old Ciro, the last child to be pulled from the rubble on the Italian island of Ischia yesterday, saved his little brother's life when the deadly natural disaster struck, rescuers workers said.
Firefighters and rescuers pull out a boy, Mattias, from the collapsed building in Casamicciola, on the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy, a day after a 4.0-magnitude quake hit the Italian resort island, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
The older boys were passed bottles of water while rescuers tried to reach them.
The boys' parents had managed to escape from the building earlier, and proceeded to raise the alarm about their children.
A woman was killed in Casamicciola, in the north of the small tourist island, by debris that fell from a church, while the body of another was spotted in the rubble of a collapsed house, local media reported.
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The children's father told RAI state television that boys were in a bedroom when the quake struck, while he and his wife were elsewhere in the house.
"Then with a broom handle he banged on the rubble so the rescuers could hear him", he explained.
The rescued boy, Mattias, was put on a stretcher and taken to hospital covered in cement dust and wearing just his underwear, 13 hours after the temblor struck at 9 p.m on Monday, destroying the family's home in Casamicciola village. Ciro, rescued after 16 hours in the dark, was loaded into a waiting ambulance.
Emergency workers had previously recovered the boys' seven-month-old brother, Pasquale, crying but alive, after hours of effort overnight.
The two older boys were being treated for dehydration and Ciro for a fracture to his right foot.
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A damaged house is seen after an natural disaster hit the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, Italy. He said rescuers were maintaining voice contact throughout with the children.
The quake struck just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of a powerful 6.2-magnitude natural disaster that devastated several towns in central Italy, killing more than 250.
Ischia's only hospital was also hit and had to be partially evacuated, with five patients transferred to another medical facility by helicopter. Fifteen more were still hospitalised on Tuesday. Authorities began organizing ferries to bring tourists back to the mainland early Tuesday.
Fabrizio Pistolesi, the head of Italy's national architecture advisory board, told SKY that many buildings on the island were built before seismic codes were adopted.
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