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Chilean sailor returns cash found in collapsed home 智利水手地震災區拾金不眛

A Chilean sailor returned four million pesos (US$7,600, NT$241,000) in cash he found inside an open safe amid the rubble of a house destroyed by last month’s devastating quake and tsunami, local media reported Friday.

“I gathered everything I could and put it back inside,” Corporal Carlos Gomez of the Almirante Latorre frigate told La Segunda newspaper.

“While I was doing this, I thought the owner might need (the cash), so I called the officer in charge and we contacted the police,” he added.

The Good Samaritan sailor found the safe full of money, mud and water while scouring the sparsely populated Juan Fernandez Islands, which were destroyed by the Feb. 27 disaster.

His unit was the first to reach the archipelago after the quake and tsunami, with orders to clear the affected areas.

The government has lowered the official death toll from the massive 8.8-magnitude quake and tsunami to 452, from an earlier high of 802.

Officials said another 96 people were still missing or unaccounted for.

Two million people were affected and 800,000 were left homeless, mainly in hard-hit central and southern coastal areas.(AFP)


「我盡量揀拾四散的鈔票並物歸原位,」服務於一艘船艦上的哥馬斯對當地報紙《La Segunda》說。







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