Georgian rescue dog saves Turkey quake survivor

  • The Georgian rescue dog Tinto on Thursday saved a victim of Turkey’s deadly earthquake. Photo: Giorgi Tukhareli, 9 Feb 2023 - 15:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

A Georgian rescue dog on Thursday saved a survivor of Turkey’s devastating earthquake during ongoing efforts in the aftermath of the disaster, the Spokesperson of Georgia’s Emergency Management Service told

Giorgi Tukhareli said the three-year-old dog, named Tinto, had found a survivor in the mass of rubble remaining after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left over 17,000 dead. 

He added the search and rescue crew member had been trained in the work and notified rescuers of his discoveries of survivors under the rubble by barking to alert them. The Spokesperson said the dog had also performed the role “perfectly” in a number of circumstances back in Georgia.

The dog’s successful effort has brought the figure of the victims saved by Georgian professionals to three over the past several days.

The Georgian Interior Ministry on Thursday said 100 Georgian professionals and their rescue dogs - who left for Turkey on Monday and Wednesday along with accompanying hardware to ensure aid on the instructions of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili - were “continuously” working in the city of Adiyaman in south-east of the country.

The body noted a field office had been set up for Georgian professionals trained in rescue and firefighting operations in the worst-affected Turkish city, with the facility in “round-the-clock contact” with the Operational Management Centre coordinating the rescue efforts in the location.

The Georgian professionals are also equipped with modern acoustic devices, drones and communications vehicles, with the Chief of Georgia’s Emergency Management Service, Teimuraz Mgebrishvili, coordinating their work.