Drones which can carry up to 23 kilograms (about 50 pounds) per flight will be used to rescue dogs that are stranded by lava from a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain. Aerocamaras, a Spanish drones company says its team of drone operators has now received the permits it needs to try this special rescue operation. A drone will drop a net on each dog, then whisk it to safety , lifting them into the air and carry them 450 meters (about 1,476 feet) over lava. “It’s the first time an animal is being rescued with a drone and the first time it has to be captured,” the CEO of drone operator declared to media.The operator will have only eight minutes total to get a dog into the net and fly it over the lava.Three or fours dogs need to be rescued. Drones have already been used to bring food and water to the dogs and other animals that were trapped by lava in the village of Todoque.
There is however the risk to run out of battery when flying over the lava. The mission depends on how the dogs will respond to the machine. Helicopters are banned from flying to the area because of hot gas that can damage their rotors. Streams of red-hot lava have engulfed almost 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of land, destroying about 2,000 buildings and many banana plantations since the eruption started on Sept. 19.