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La Palma ‘A Team’ dog rescuers could be arrested

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La Palma ‘A Team’ of dog rescuers could be arrested by the Guardia Civil

After several dogs had been surrounded and trapped on a farm by the lava from Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, an anonymous group of people calling themselves the “A-Team” took the law into their own hands and rescued the stricken animals.

That was thought to be the end of that particular scenario, but now, it is reported that the judicial police of the Guardia Civil is investigating the incident. After rescuing the dogs, a banner had been left at the scene informing everybody that “the dogs are fine”.

They have reportedly issued instructions for proceedings to be opened against the rescuers. It is believed that they could have violated strict isolation rules forbidding entry, that had been in force in the vicinity of the remote farm where the rescue occurred, thus constituting a crime. It is highly possible that they can also face a fine.

Miguel Angel Morcuende, the technical director of Pevolca,  the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), pointed out last Thursday 21, that “everything he had to do” had been done in relation to the dogs and their precarious situation.

He had arranged for food and drink to be delivered by drone to keep them alive. A rescue attempt by drone has also been authorized by Mr Morcuende. As he explained, “We no longer know anything else”, neither of the alleged rescue by land, nor of the alleged rescuers involved.

Morcuende went on to describe as “despicable” the fact that somebody had decided to bypass the security perimeters. This action not only put the rescuer’s lives at risk, but also those of the possible rescue team that might have had to be called in to help them if it went wrong.

A company from Galicia, Aerocamaras, was also angered by the action, after they had been drafted in to set up a specialised rescue operation by drone. They have now left the island as their presence is no longer necessary, but their bosses took to social media to post irate messages saying how they feel “cheated”, and urged the authorities to investigate and take appropriate action against the rescuers, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.

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Chris King

Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.



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