A mysterious group – calling itself the A-Team – claims to have rescued several animals “trapped” due to the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, in the Canary Islands.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, attempts to use drones to save a group of dogs “trapped” by the volcanic eruption seem to have come too late. This is because a mysterious group had already rescued the animals, using far less technological methods.
The volcano eruption Cumbre Vieja – which began on September 19 – destroyed more than two thousand properties, forced the evacuation of more than 7,500 people and devastated the banana plantations of La Palma.
In addition, the disaster caused several dogs in the city of Todoque to become “trapped” and a Aerocamaras expert team arrived on the island last week to prepare a search and rescue operation, using drones to drop food and, after the animals get used to the presence of the devices, take them by air to a safe place.
But the first search carried out with the drones, last week, did not reveal any sign of the animals’ presence. All he discovered were human footprints.
On Thursday, an online video was posted that suggested the dogs had already been saved. “Stay strong, La Palma! The dogs are fine”, read a poster.
The message was signed by the A-Team and the video showed several photographs of dogs.
“We saw the video and confirmed that it is real., just like the footprints we found,” said Jaime Pereira, the chief executive of Aerocamaras.
“The most important thing is that, one way or another, the dogs got out” and are safe, he continued.
Pereira also said that his teams had seen the poster through the images of the drones, but that they had not been able to read it because it had turned in the wind.
“We realized that something strange was going on because we had checked all the areas where they could have been but we didn’t find anything,” he said.
“All we want to do now is see the dogs, make sure they’re okay – and make sure they’re really the ones we’ve been looking for,” he concluded.
A-Team members may have opted to remain anonymous to avoid any punishment for venturing into the exclusion zone to rescue the dogs.