3 Puppies Buried By Avalanche Rescued, Gives Hope That The Missing Will Be Found
An avalanche destroyed the Rigopiano Hotel, a popular tourist destination in the municipality of Farindola in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. In the five days following the event, it’s been reported that:
- 11 people have been rescued
- 15 people have died
- 14 people are still missing
The horrific event occurred on the evening of January 18th, 2017, and responders are still desperately scavenging through the snow and rubble to hopefully find more survivors.
However, in light of the somber news, one rescue is giving people hope that the remaining missing people could still be found.
BBC reports guests at the Rigopiano Hotel were prevented from leaving after experiencing multiple earthquakes due to snowdrifts.
Italian officials confirmed that the area was not considered a risk of an avalanche and there was no warning of one. However, the Rigopiano Hotel ended up being buried in snow in a tragic event.
In the search for missing people, three Abruzzo sheepdog puppies ended up being recovered from the snow engulfed hotel.
The discovery of these three puppies have given some much needed hope to rescue workers. The survival of these puppies further idealizes the notion that there are still potential air pockets that could be keeping victims of the disaster alive.
One rescuer told BBC, “We knew these dogs were there but we didn’t know where exactly.” Luckily, the team found the puppies in the boiler room.
“When we understood where they were, we warned the firemen, who were allowed to enter the structure,” the rescuer stated on their process of retrieving them
After the puppies were rescued from the ruins, they were immediately sent to be examined by a veterinarian even though all three appeared to be in good health.
Euronews reports that Lupo and Nuvala lived outside of the hotel and are thought to have been able to save themselves from the wreckage of the avalanche.
The discovery of these puppies brought a much needed smile to the hardworking firefighters and rescue workers who have been doing their best to recover people trapped under the avalanche’s aftermath.
The puppies are reported to have been born on December 4th, 2016, and miraculously managed to survive in the rubble of the avalanche for almost five days.
The firefighters who found the Abruzzo shepherds, which are a local breed, explained that they had to break down a wall to get to them in the boiler room.
The Rigopiano hotel opened back in 1972 and underwent renovations ten years ago, which transformed it into a four-star resort. Rescue workers are continuing to search throughout each room of the avalanche-engulfed lodge in hopes for more survivors.
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