Thailand’s K9 dogs wear safety boots to search for victims in Turkey earthquake

As rescuers in Turkey continue to find miracle survivors beneath the rubble a week after the country’s worst earthquake in modern history, K9 dogs from Thailand are assisting in the search for victims.

Thailand’s Environmental and Social Foundation posted photos of the police dogs hard at work on Facebook yesterday with the caption…

“It’s time to put on your safety shoes #Sahara

“The recently demolished buildings are brimming with tiles, small debris, and iron scraps scattered everywhere.

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“With no high terrain to scale, K9 Sahara’s commander decided Sahara should wear safety shoes to search for victims.

“No shoes are worn on the back feet to allow the K9 to fully support the hind legs when jumping.”

This morning, the page updated that two K9s, Sierra and Sahara, are going on a targeted mission today in an area where a child’s cry was heard from beneath the rubble last night.

Sierra and Sahara started their mission in the city of Antakya on Sunday, searching continuously for eight hours.

The dogs did not find any survivors but did find one body on Sunday.

To track the K9’s mission, follow updates from both the Environmental and Social Foundation as well as the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

As glimmers of hope for survivors begin to fade, several “miracle survivors” were found yesterday…

A 13 year old was pulled from the rubble in Hatay province after being trapped for 182 hours.

A young girl named Miray was found alive in the southeastern city of Adiyaman and a 10 year old girl was rescued in Kahramanmaras.

The Royal Thai Embassy in Ankara is searching for a missing Thai woman, Wilairat Channual, in the aftermath.

The embassy is also working with local agencies to repatriate the body of another Thai woman, Chamaiporn Homsantia, who was killed when the hotel she worked at as a masseuse in Iskendrun, Turkey, collapsed.

The death toll in Turkey and Syria is believed to have exceeded 36,000.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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