Eleven Days and One Bottle of Whiskey Later, Haitian Man Emerges Safely from Earthquake Rubble

The expression “I need a drink” is officially off limits. Wismond Exantus, the 24-year-old Haitian man who emerged Saturday after 11 days trapped in rubble, needed a drink.

(‘DiggThis’)Exantus was working as a cashier in a shop on the ground floor of a four-story building in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck. He ducked under a desk for protection, and when the dust settled he was able to reach a bottle of whiskey, a few beers and some chips and candy. With no concept of night or day and a dead cell phone, Exantus waited in the rubble, rationing his snacks and drinking the whiskey when he wanted to sleep. He dreamed of riding horses and swimming in the ocean, according to The Guardian.

On Saturday, the day after the rescue efforts were called to a halt, scavengers picking over the collapsed building heard Exantus’ tapping, and within 10 minutes a Greek rescue was on the scene and talking to him. Later that afternoon, he was pulled out of the collapsed building dehydrated and scraped-up, and after receiving medical attention he is in excellent condition. Somebody please make this man rich and famous with alcohol sponsorships.

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