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Quintana Roo sends search and rescue collapsed building specialists to Turkey

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Seven specialists in search and rescue of collapsed structures have been sent to Turkey. On Thursday, Governor Mara Lezama said the seven were sent to support Turkey in their efforts.

The team of seven men left Cancun for Istanbul, from where they will be channeled to the disaster area to provide support.

Lezama said the team of volunteers is made up of Oscar Aguilar Aceves, Víctor Castillo Barrera, José Alberto Olaf Gien Navarrete, Jorge Enrique Jiménez González, Oscar Oliva Cantarutti, Sol Gibran Higareda Cuevas and Horacio Sánchez García.

Each one has a search-rescue specialty and includes doctors and paramedics, all of whom have taken search-rescue course. She said they left with equipment such as chainsaws, chippers and vertical rescue equipment as well as medical gear.

On Wednesday, Marcelo Ebrard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced the departure of more than 100 Mexican handlers and their dogs who are specially trained in the search and rescue of people.