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Dogs save lives of lost boys by keeping them warm in minus 6C forest

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 January 2018

Ivan Ustinov and Evgeny Luchnikov, both 11, reunited with mothers after massive rescue operation.

Some 30km from their town of Kushva, they were spotted by a helicopter pilot. Picture: EMERCOM in Sverdlovsk region

The pair got lost while walking their dogs in a forest in Sverdlovsk region. The dogs - one called Lysya - spotted a squirrel and gave chase. 

The boys followed the dogs but in the process lost their bearings. 

When they failed to return, their parents alerted the police and a huge search swung into action including Liza Alert squad, a group which unites volunteers to find lost children. 

Leaflet for volunteers

When they failed to return, their parents alerted the police and a huge search swung into action including Liza Alert squad. Picture: Lisa Alert

Some 200 were involved in the search which also involved the Emergencies Ministry. 

Rescuers spotted the boys’ tracks and showed that the pair had walked in circles at some points, looking for a way out of the forest.

They found a place where the they had spent the night - with the snow trampled. 

Place of the night stay

They found a place where the they had spent the night - with the snow trampled. Picture: EMERCOM in Sverdlovsk region

Finally, some 30km from their town of Kushva, they were spotted by a helicopter pilot. 

He threw them chocolates and a note telling them to stay in the same spot. 

Then they were rescued by snowmobile. 

Boys go out of forest with rescuers. 

Both suffered frostbite on their feet, but it could have been worse but for the dogs. 

The animals stayed with them and kept them warm at night.

The night was milder than usual which also helped save the children. 

Foot frozen

Both suffered frostbite on their feet, but it could have been worse but for the dogs. Picture: EMERCOM in Sverdlovsk region

Chief rescuer Leonid Demchenko said: 'The children did not light a fire, as they did not have matches with them. 

'The dogs helped them to warm up. 

'At night, one of the boys slept, and the second was awake and periodically woke the other, so that he did not freeze.'

Irina Luchnikova, Evgeny’s mother, posted her thanks to the rescuers for finding her son.

Comments (3)

No wonder why we call them "Man's Best Friend". For they are.
Jaker, Dundalk
11/01/2018 09:23
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Dogs are such amazing animals. How they have evolved such closeness to humans is a mystery. These dogs must be for their lifetimes treated as heroes.
Elaine Needham, Ojai/USA
10/01/2018 11:28
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Спасибо всем, в том числе нашим собачьим друзьям, учащимся и Рождеством! Thank you to everyone, including our canine friends, involved and Merry Christmas! Множество храбрости и у детей. Much bravery by the children as well.
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
07/01/2018 18:05
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