Fire personnel from Almuñécar have left to help out in the search for trapped victims after the Moroccan quake.
The quake hit in the early hours of Saturday between Marrakech and Agadir.
As soon as official permission was obrained from the Moroccan authorities, personnel and dogs from the Unidad Canina de Rescate Método Arcón, working through the NGO GERCCMA, left for North Africa via Motril.
“Our unit is trained for rescuing possible survivors who are lying trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings,” explained the Almuñécar Fire Chief, José Luis Varela.
If all went without hitches they should already have been at work yesterday afternoon/evening.
“Although we couldn’t begin until we had obtained permission from the Moroccan authorities, we are aware that the chances of survival after 72 hours become much more complicated, especially when the high temperatures in the area are taken into account,” concluded Chief Varela.
The participating firemen are José Antonio Cabrera Alaminos and Ismael Martín García, with their rescue dogs, Zeus and Maya. It’s not the first time that they have helped in quake disasters: Puebla (Mexico) in 2017 or more recently in Turkey and the North of Syria this February.
(News/Noticias: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)