Greek firefighters who were sent to Turkey to assist with earthquake rescue efforts have located a fourth child amid the destruction and ruins. Efforts to extract the child from beneath the rubble are reportedly underway.
The child was found still alive under the rubble of a ruined building that collapsed in the city of Hatay Turkey. The child’s mother was discovered on top of him but shows no signs of life.
As the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey continues to rise, personnel from EMAK – the Greek fire corps’s special units for disasters – are continuing the arduous battle to save lives.
Greek rescuers discover trapped child in earthquake-stricken Turkey
Members of the EMAK rescue team were able to locate the child when they heard his voice and rushed to find him. They were able to get close to the position where he became trapped.
According to media reports, the child’s leg was trapped under the debris of the fallen house, and the body of his mother. It is believed that the mother, who has shown no signs of life, leaped on top of her child to shield him from the falling rubble during the earthquake.
Greek firefighters are now urgently trying to recover the child from the debris. However, they were forced to pause this attempt when a strong aftershock shook the city again.
The rescue attempts have now resumed and the Greek firefighters are in contact with the child as they endeavor to find a way to free him.
Meanwhile, as Greek rescue teams and emergency responders from other countries search the ruins and rubble for survivors, the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria continues to rise. The current death toll is estimated at over 11,000.
EMAK personnel have been busy saving lives across affected areas in Turkey. On the evening of February 8, they were able to locate a 20-year-old woman called Irene, who was trapped under the debris of a fallen building, also in the city of Hatay.
The Greek rescue personnel was able to pull Irene out from under the rubble. However, her mother and child were found dead.
👉Η 🇬🇷ΕΜΑΚ έκανε πάλι το θάυμα της πριν λιγο: Απεγκλώβησε ζωντανή την 20 χρονη Αϊριν από τα συντρίμια κτιρίου στην πόλη Χατάι της Τουρκίας!
Δυστυχώς ανασύρθηκε νεκρή η μάνα της και το παιδί της… pic.twitter.com/qjiEEexp9H
— Καθίκι (@KYTKYTKYTKYTKYT) February 8, 2023
Elsewhere, in the city of Iskenderun, Greek rescue teams managed to save a six-year-old girl who was trapped under the rubble of her home.
Using special equipment, the team opened a passage to reach the girl, whose arms were trapped under debris. Unfortunately, the Greek team failed to save her older sister who died under the rubble.
Greek rescuers tried hard to get a young girl out of the ruble alive. They did not manage. Minutes after, they are rescuing her 6 yrs old sister. And they burst into tears. And then applauding. The mystery of life, the power of love. #Turkey, you are not alone! #TurkeyEarthquake pic.twitter.com/gS26kX6C3t
— Makis Mylonas (@MylonasMakis) February 7, 2023
Cyprus sends rescue teams
On Wednesday, Greek Cypriot Foreign Ministry spokesman Dimitris Demetriou was able to confirm that Cyprus will also be sending rescue teams to earthquake-stricken Turkey.
Confirmation was given to Cyprus by the European Civil Protection Mechanism that Tukrey had accepted its offer of assistance and that Greek Cypriot rescue teams would be permitted to provide relief in the country.
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