La Palma: Volcano erupts and lava flows on Spanish island
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But a mission to rescue the three dogs has now been given the green light to rescue three dogs from the abandoned yard. The dogs are now reportedly becoming very thin and are only receiving small amounts of food. Now, a Spanish pilot had requested permission to catch the dogs with a remote-controlled wide net and then fly them 450 metres over lava streams.
It comes as the La Palma volcano eruptions, which first took place over a month ago, have continued to persist.
Canary Island officials have said that there is no end in sight.
And the three dogs have reportedly been stranded on the Island for weeks.
While drones have been dropping packages of food to feed the dogs, this is the first time a plan to rescue them has been put forward.
Jamie Pereira is CEO of Aerocamaras, a drone company.
A crew from his company arrived after receiving the green light from local authorities to carry out the rescue operation.
But drones are normally not allowed to transport people or animals.
In a world first, he now plans to fly a 50kg drone to catch the dogs and fly them over the lava to their rescue one by one.
It comes as helicopter flights have been due to the hot volcanic gasses that have the ability to damage their rotors.
Since the first eruption, more than 742 hectares (1,833 acres) of land has been smothered with volcanic ash and the ash plume is still several miles high, while lava streams continue to seep out of the volcano.
But Mr Pereira has a master plan.
He said: “It’s the first time an animal is being rescued with a drone and the first time it has to be captured.
“If that’s the last option that the dogs have? Then we’re going after them.”
But the task will be tricky.
Mr Pereira warned the drones only allow four minutes to lure a dog to the net, and another four minutes to fly it out.
He said: “What we don’t want is to run out of battery when flying over the lava.”
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Drones are currently being sent on test flights ahead of the ambitious rescue mission.
But the worry is that the dogs will need to respond to the drones in order to save their own lives.
He said: “They’ve been eating very little for weeks. They might come, or become scared of the drone. We really depend on their reaction.
“The dog could react by running away, moving, jumping.
“There are those who say the dogs could fracture a bone, have a heart attack.
“Of course there are all sorts of risks, but either we get them out or probably in a few days or weeks they will no longer exist.”
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