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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)

智利當地媒體上週五報導,一名水手上個月在被地震和海嘯摧毀的斷垣殘壁中、一個打開的保險箱裡,發現了四百萬披索(七千六百美元、新台幣二十四萬元),並歸還了這筆錢。

「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。

「當時我想到失主可能急需(這筆錢),所以我就打電話給主管,並報警處理,」他補充說明。

這位好心的水手幫忙搜索人煙稀少的胡安費南德茲群島時,發現保險箱裡全都是錢、泥巴和污水。該群島慘遭二月二十七日的天災所蹂躪。

他的單位在地震和海嘯後最早趕到該群島,他們奉命前往清理災區。

該政府已將這場八點八級大地震和海嘯的死亡人數,從稍早的八百零二人降至四百五十二人。

官員們說有九十六人失蹤至今仍下落不明。

兩百萬人受到地震影響,約有八十萬人無家可歸,災民主要集中在受災最嚴重的中、南部沿岸地區。(法新社╱翻譯:張愛弟)

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