Spanish Rescue Team Find Mother & Newborn Alive In Ruins After Almost 200 Hours
Spain´s contribution to the Turkish earthquake relief effort has been remarkable – earlier this week a Madrid Rescue Team were instrumental in finding a mother who had been trapped in the rubble for 6 days.
This week another Spanish team found a mother and her baby alive in the crush of rubble using sniffer dogs that were searching collapsed buildings in the earthquake zone.
The astonishing rescue came almost 200 hours after the region was flattened by two devastating quakes.
Members of the rescue dog unit from Seville, Andalusia, had been searching a collapsed building in Hatay Province on 14th February.
The mum and her baby had spent almost 200 hours buried under tonnes of concrete and steel after their apartment block crashed down around them.
Although the rescue was not caught on camera, the footage shows the conditions Julian, Chema, Leandro, Sergio, and their sniffer dogs faced during the search.
Heart-wrenchingly, an abandoned teddy bear can be spotted amongst the strewn wreckage.
Emergencias Sevilla wrote in an online post: “When our team intervenes, there is a stunning silence waiting to hear the voices of buried people.
“The barking of Yetro, Dora, Fire, and Leo is the most anticipated sound in the areas affected by the Turkey earthquake.
“Good luck, colleagues.”
And Seville mayor Antonio Munoz paid tribute to his city’s selfless heroes on social media.
He wrote: “The team of volunteer firefighters displaced from Seville to Turkey together with their rescue dogs have helped to locate a woman and a baby tonight.
“Thank you, Julian, Chema, Leandro, and Sergio. Thank you, Yetro, Dora, Fire, and Leo.
“Thanks for everything!”
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the district of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras Province at 4.17am on 6th February. It was felt in nine more Turkish provinces.
Later that day, at 1.24pm, a 7.6-magnitude quake hit the district of Elbistan in Kahramanmaras Province and was followed by 3,170 aftershocks.
As per the latest update by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 35,418 have died in Turkey.
Along with more than 5,814 casualties in Syria, more than 41,000 people are confirmed dead.
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