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Rescuers find survivor in ski-lodge rubble

Rescuers have spoken to a man who is buried in the wreckage of the two Australian ski lodges engulfed by a landslide more than two days ago, police said yesterday.

Senior Constable Mark Hargreaves said rescuers "went berserk" and frantically redoubled their excavation when they heard muffled sounds coming from the rubble at 5.45am, about 54 hours after the landslide struck just before midnight on Wednesday. A spokesman said: "[The rescuers] have made voice contact with a male person and he is certainly alive." The survivor told rescuers he had remained conscious throughout his ordeal. AP - Thredbo