This is the operational complex to rescue four dogs trapped by the lava of the La Palma volcano with drones


18 oct 2021 15:26 GMT

A company is pending permission from the authorities to carry out the plan. At the moment, the animals receive food and water through these devices.

One of the images left by the volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma (Spain) one month after the eruption is that of four dogs trapped in the town of Todoque, one of the areas most devastated by lava. However, this situation may come to an end this Monday, thanks to a drone company that has developed a plan to rescue the animals.

The alarm was raised days ago by the animal platform and since then water and food have been provided to the canids through drones. Their rescue cannot be carried out with helicopters due to environmental conditions, which include ashfall and pyroclasts. Nor can they be reached by land, because they are surrounded by lava. contacted a company specialized in drones based in Galicia, northwest of Spain. In record time they have planned an entire operation and now they are only waiting to have the approval of the authorities, so the rescue could be imminent.

On Sunday the team that will be in charge of trying to successfully complete this challenge landed in the Canary Islands: three professional drone pilotsAmong them is Jaime Pereira, the CEO of Aerocámaras, the company behind this rescue.

The recovery of the animals has been prepared against the clock. They will use a cargo drone that will transport their own logistics system adapted to the characteristics of the animals. In addition, they will use another support drone, as explained from the company.

At first they will bring food to the dogs through the drone and inspect the area with a 30x camera and another thermographic. Later, when the animals have become accustomed to the presence of the equipment, they will carry out the extraction operation.

As Pereira explained, the final operation would consist of positioning a net with a bait and wait for a dog to enter, at which point the drone will have to be lifted to capture the animal and immobilize it to be able to extract it safely.

If they finally do not get permission from the authorities, the CEO of Aerocámaras affirms that they have also proposed to leave the material in the hands of those responsible for emergencies, with the intention, in addition, to verify if there are more animals in the same circumstances.

“It is not a controlled operation”, said Pereira “but a rather improvised operation”, for which he has warned that “they will abort the operation” if they observe “any risk”.

One month of eruption

The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on September 19. For 29 days it has been emitting lava, pyroclasts and ash that have already destroyed 789 hectares and almost 1,900 buildings.

Also, around 7,000 residents remain evacuated from their homes due to risk due to the proximity of lava flows. The authorities have approved various aid plans that they hope to launch as soon as the eruption ceases. At the moment they are focusing on the acquisition of houses for those affected who have lost their first residence.