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Members of the London Fire Brigade reunite a mother with her baby daughter in Turkey

Members of the London Fire Brigade have pulled off a heroic rescue of a mother entombed under a collapsed building in Turkey for four whole days, reuniting her with her infant daughter.

Awe-inspiring footage circulating on social media showed the moment the group, led by Dom Mabbett from Edmonton fire station, gently lifted a Turkish woman from a tiny gap amid a mountain of debris.

Barely able to walk, the victim fell into the arms of firefighters and was deftly hoisted away from the debris and down to a nearby street, where her baby daughter was waiting. 

The woman could scarcely stand, but the rescuers held her steady as she reached out and pulled her crying daughter in for a loving hug in one of the most touching and heartwarming scenes captured amid the crisis thus far.

Awe-inspiring footage circulating on social media showed the moment the group, led by Dom Mabbett from Edmonton fire station, gently lifted a Turkish woman from a tiny gap

Awe-inspiring footage circulating on social media showed the moment the group, led by Dom Mabbett from Edmonton fire station, gently lifted a Turkish woman from a tiny gap

The woman could barely stand and members of the London Fire Brigade held her steady before picking her up and carrying her out of the rubble

The woman could barely stand and members of the London Fire Brigade held her steady before picking her up and carrying her out of the rubble

She was unable to walk and was hoisted clear of the debris by firefighters who gently lowered her into the arms of other rescuers below

She was unable to walk and was hoisted clear of the debris by firefighters who gently lowered her into the arms of other rescuers below

The woman was reunited with her young daughter as rescuers held the pair steady

The woman was reunited with her young daughter as rescuers held the pair steady

Several firefighters have been dispatched to Hatay, one of Turkey's southernmost provinces where the devastation is among the worst, as part of the UK's Fire & Rescue Service International Search & Rescue team (ISAR)

Several firefighters have been dispatched to Hatay, one of Turkey’s southernmost provinces where the devastation is among the worst, as part of the UK’s Fire & Rescue Service International Search & Rescue team (ISAR)

A tweet published by London Fire Brigade read: ‘This is the incredible moment our @UKISAR team helped reunite a mother & daughter four days after the #TurkeyEarthquake struck.

‘Filmed yesterday in the centre of Hatay in #Turkey, it shows our firefighter Dom Mabbett from #Edmonton fire station help the woman to freedom.’

David O'Neill MBE - deputy assistant commissioner for London Fire Brigade and the deployment commander for ISAR

David O’Neill MBE – deputy assistant commissioner for London Fire Brigade and the deployment commander for ISAR

Several firefighters have been dispatched to Hatay, one of Turkey’s southernmost provinces where the devastation is among the worst, as part of the UK’s Fire & Rescue Service International Search & Rescue team (ISAR).

There are 77 members of the ISAR team currently deployed in the disaster region, including 12 from London Fire Brigade, all of whom flew to the region on Tuesday. 

The stunning clip was filmed by David O’Neill MBE – deputy assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade and the deployment commander for ISAR – who travelled with the team and is now directing operations on the ground. 

ISAR are just one of dozens of volunteer rescue agencies that descended on Turkey and Syria after a pair of earthquakes, each registering a magnitude of well over 7, erupted in Turkey’s southeast and devastated an area of more than 200 square miles.

Earlier this week, British rescuers coordinated with a team of German volunteers to extract another woman and her five-year-old son from under a building in Kahramanmaras – one of the cities closest to the epicentre of the original quake early Monday morning.

Serap Topal, 33, and her five-year-old son, Mehmet Hamza Topal, were trapped when their home in Kahramanmaras collapsed around them amid a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake earlier this week. 

Serap Topal bursts into tears as she is hauled from the rubble by British, German and Turkish rescuers in Kahramanmaras early this morning

Serap Topal bursts into tears as she is hauled from the rubble by British, German and Turkish rescuers in Kahramanmaras early this morning

A rescue worker looks to the heavens in elation and delight after he rescued Mehmet Hamza Topal from the rubble of his collapsed home

A rescue worker looks to the heavens in elation and delight after he rescued Mehmet Hamza Topal from the rubble of his collapsed home

British rescuers in orange hold Serap steady as they gently pull her from the gap in the debris

British rescuers in orange hold Serap steady as they gently pull her from the gap in the debris

Kahramanmaras was just a few miles from the epicentre of the quake which demolished huge swathes of southeastern Turkey and northern Syria and killed more than 21,000.

Serap and Mehmet spent the best part of three days stuck in the pitch black, covered in dust and debris, with Serap sustaining crush injuries.

But they were saved from almost certain death by workers from SARAID, a group of British volunteers, and German outfit At Fire – both UN-class urban search and rescue teams. 

Tear-jerking footage of the moment they were rescued showed Serap bursting into tears as fatigue and relief overwhelmed her, while a volunteer was seen looking to the heavens in utter elation as he carried a seemingly unhurt Mehmet free of the debris.

Heart-wrenching images of Serap unable to hold back floods of tears as her rescuers gently lifted her from the wreckage and strapped her to a stretcher underscore the anguish felt by tens of thousands of Turks and Syrians.

Meanwhile, the sheer joy emblazoned across the face of the rescuer who clutched the five-year-old boy perfectly encapsulated the hope held by families, friends and aid workers that they will recover more survivors from the darkness.

Via Dailymail World News

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