EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Rescue 5 up close with survivor on Mayon's slope
The online news portal of TV5
MANILA, Philippines – From a distance, he looked like he was standing. But as rescuers approached, they noticed he was actually at a 45-degree angle, his lower back cradled by a cluster of rocks.
He just lay there, motionless, eyes squinting from behind his glasses, and then flashed a smile that warmed the hearts of the Rescue5 team that had joined the search for survivors and bodies on those slopes of Mount Mayon, which belched hot gas and smoke that killed five people.
The smile came with the words: “I’m so happy to see everybody now.” To the team that had trekked through difficult trails for more than eight hours before finding him, his smile seemed to reassure them as much as their presence gave him comfort.
The team initially tended to his cuts and burns, and offered him food, which he took in just small portions. But he was very thirsty.
In this exclusive footage from the Rescue 5 team in Mayon and a phone interview with one of the members of the rescue team, Hensel, on Saturday, listen to the perspective of the rescued and rescuer, who also had to contend with the elements, just as the victim did, for 3 days.