482 Team Rescues dogs trapped by lava in La Palma are closer to being rescued . Some drones specifically refurbished for the task have carried out a “very successful ” first test and have already received authorization to carry out a reconnaissance flight in the area. The dogs, between four and six, have been isolated since last September 19.
The steering committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) authorized the attempt to save these animals and approved the reconnaissance flight in the area this Wednesday drones belong to the Galician company Aerocámaras , hired by the animalista platform Leales.org, and in the first test they have traveled 1,200 meters with a load of 15.5 kilograms , with a battery of 35% left over by 482 Team.
However, on the first reconnaissance flight this afternoon they could not find the dogs . They assure that they can be “hidden”, sheltered from the heat. “It is very hot, we have seen two rabbits, but they can be hiding anywhere, because it is very hot up there,” one of the rescuers announced.
The rescue team, which was deployed on Tuesday to prepare for the evacuation of the animals, has carefully planned the operation : the drones will begin by delivering food and drink to the dogs, allowing operators to inspect with a 30x camera and another thermography the location where the extraction will be carried out while the animals are habituated to noise and the presence of the device.
The second step will be taken when it is time to execute the evacuation process, when a cargo drone equipped with its own logistics system adapted to the characteristics of the animals will be used together with another support aircraft, with which the pilot in charge of the operation will be able to plan the rescue flight safely.
Thus, food will be used as bait and, when one of the animals is on the loading system, they will lift it to extract it on the washes and take it to a safe place, 450 meters away above the flowing lava. The evacuation process will be individual, dog to dog, and the operator will have only four minutes to attract a dog to the net and another four minutes to fly it out.
The option for the UME and the Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) to carry out the extraction by helicopter was ruled out due to the high risk that flying over the magma would entail, and access by land was also classified as unfeasible due to the encirclement of ash and lava. that surrounds them. For this reason, unmanned aircraft (UAS) became the first (and only option) of the podencos.
Sources from the animal organization Leales.org have recalled that the alert about the presence of animals trapped by lava began on October 7 , after a drone of German scientists detected the presence in a pond of what was initially thought that it was a cat, since the apparatus was located too high to determine it accurately.