After the miraculous rescue carried out yesterday by the UME, in the last hours it has been the turn of the Marines deployed in Turkey.
This morning, the Spanish Defense Staff (EMAD) announced that the work of the Spanish Marines in Turkey has contributed to the rescue of a 7-year-old boy alive in a central area of the city of Alexandretta, known in Turkish as Iskenderum. The EMAD has published the video of the moment in which the child was taken from under the rubble:
Los Infantes de Marina 🇪🇸 continúan trabajando sin descanso entre las ruinas del #TerremotoTurquia🇹🇷, y hace unas horas su esfuerzo y trabajo ha dado sus frutos al localizar con vida a un niño de 7 años.
Bravo compañeros!!!@Armada_esp#MOPS pic.twitter.com/Ccn08Itbqg
— Estado Mayor Defensa 🇪🇸 (@EMADmde) February 11, 2023
The agency Europa Press has indicated that the work that culminated in this rescue took place between Friday night and early Saturday morning. Marine Infantry Lieutenant Manuel González Baiges, from the 7th Company of the Second Landing Battalion of the Tercio de Armada, has indicated: "The situation was a bit chaotic since it was the fifth day after the earthquake and the chances of finding someone with decreased drastically."
Europa Press has indicated that the Spanish Marine Infantry was helping in cleaning and removing debris from a building when "a sound was heard" , which was identified by the Turkish team. "We are the rescue team if someone hears me shout, if you can't give three knocks around them", said the Turks. With the help of Spanish soldiers, the Turkish rescuers managed to reach the boy. "It took them about 20 minutes to reach that little life that gave a thread of hope to all of us who met at the scene", Lieutenant González Baiges stated.
This Tuesday, the Ministry of Defense of Spain announced the shipment to Turkey of two Spanish Navy ships, the amphibious aircraft carrier "Juan Carlos I" L-61 and the amphibious assault ship "Galicia" L -51, to help those affected by the earthquakes on Monday. The two ships are part of the Dédalo 23 Aeronaval Amphibious Group, deployed in January in the Mediterranean for naval maneuvers, and carry on board 500 soldiers of the Tercio de Armada, the expeditionary force of the Spanish Marine Infantry.
Main photo: Ministerio de Defensa.
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