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Philippines: Boy survives landslide by hiding in refrigerator

CJ Jasme, 11, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being found in a refrigerator (Image: ViralPress)

A fast-thinking boy survived a deadly landslide in the Philippines by jumping into a refrigerator.

Remarkable images show CJ Jasme, 11, being pulled to safety after spending the night trapped in the broken device in deep mud.

Locally known as ‘Boy in the Ref’, CJ was at home with his family when a mudslide, caused by tropical storm Megi, hit her village in Baybay City on Friday.

When wet ground and rocks hit her house, CJ locked himself in the refrigerator where he spent the next 20 hours.

Policeman Jonas Etis saw the boy and was walking towards the river when he heard another wave of rocks coming.

The Coast Guard arrived on the scene and helped pull CJ to safety. His leg was broken, but he was still conscious, in what would be called an ‘absolute miracle’.

The 11-year-old was at home with his family when a massive mudslide hit their village in Baybay City, Leyte province on April 15 (Photo: ViralPress)
His survival is praised as an ‘absolute miracle’ (Image: ViralPress)
The boy was taken to the hospital where he had an operation (Photo: ViralPress)

Unfortunately, it seems that the rest of CJ’s family was not so lucky. His 13-year-old brother may have escaped as well, but his mother and younger sibling are still missing.

Just a day earlier, another landslide hit the community at the bottom of the mountain, killing CJ’s father.

The boy is among dozens of children orphaned after the storm, known in the Philippines as Agaton.

Search and rescue efforts are targeting Baybay city, an eastern mountainous area prone to landslides, which has so far seen the majority of victims.

At least 172 people were killed in the devastating mudslides and floods last week.

More than two million have been displaced, with about 207,500 still remaining in evacuation centers.

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Philippines: Boy survives landslide by hiding in refrigerator

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