Haiti search and rescue operation comes to unofficial end

icesar1It has not yet been decided when the official search and rescue effort in Haiti will end, but the head of the USA team said yesterday that unofficially it already has. Two siblings were, however, found alive yesterday in the rubble of Port au Prince.

The search is expected to be called off either today or tomorrow and many foreign search and rescue teams have already left for home – including ICE SAR, the search and rescue team from Iceland, which left yesterday evening.

The ICE SAR team decided to leave some of its equipment behind in Port au Prince worth some ISK 10 million (USD 80,000). Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs has promised to reimburse half that amount. The organisation hopes the rest will be covered by donations made through the www.icesar.com website.

Photo: ICE-SAR