"The dogs are fine": Mystery banner and footprints hint at volcano rescue


FILE PHOTO: Dogs are seen on the ash-covered earth surrounded by volcanic lava following an eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in the area of Todoque on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain in this undated screen grab taken from a handout video. Video recorded with a drone. LA PALMA LOCAL GOVERMENT/VOLCANIC LIFE/TICOM SOLUCIONES/Handout via REUTERS

LA PALMA (Reuters) - The Spanish drone company trying to rescue three dogs trapped near an erupting volcano on the island of La Palma has found no sign of the animals, but discovered human footprints in the ash-covered no-go area, and a message: "The dogs are fine".

Images of the emaciated dogs captured from a drone this month have provoked an outpouring of support from animal lovers across Spain, triggering the rescue mission, donations and other initiatives.

A picture of a banner circulating on social media, saying in Spanish "Be strong La Palma. The dogs are fine. A-Team", hinted that the dogs may have been moved. The drone team confirmed they could see part of the message from the skies.

"The banner is really there, only overturned by the wind, and we saw human footprints, so we understood that the dogs had been gone for some days," Jaime Pereira, CEO of drone operator Aerocamaras, told reporters on Thursday.

He said infrared temperature measurements of the lava surface surrounding the yard where the dogs had been stranded for weeks showed it had cooled off in some places to 40C-70C (104F-158F), making it possible for someone to walk to their rescue.

"We knew something weird was going on as we checked all the areas where they could have been hiding and discovered nothing. Now we only want to see the dogs, to verify that they are well and are the same ones we've been looking for," Pereira added.

They had been fed by smaller drones dropping packages of food, but until now no one had been able to retrieve them.

Aerocamaras had been planning to send a 50 kg cargo drone equipped with a remote-controlled net to try to trap the dogs, one by one, and fly them out over the lava.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano started spewing red-hot lava and ash on Sept. 19, with the eruption showing few signs of abating so far after destroying some 2,000 buildings and forcing thousands to leave their homes.

(Writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Alison Williams)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

Britain needs French cooperation to tackle Channel migrant crisis, says health minister
Australia police to charge woman with arson for quarantine hotel fire
Fruit galore: Thai monkey festival returns as tourists come back
'It's all lies'; migrants stuck at Polish border feel cheated by people smugglers
UAE orders release of 870 prisoners ahead of National Day - WAM
Guatemalan stowaway survives flight to Miami hidden in plane's landing gear
New Zealand politician cycles to hospital in labour, gives birth
Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls
Governor Doria wins bid to run for Brazil's presidency, polls show him far behind
Portugal's main opposition party re-elects moderate leader as election looms

Others Also Read


Vouchers