A search dog may have detected life in the rubble of Beirut — a month after a massive explosion turned much of the city to ruins.
Rescue teams are gingerly sifting through the collapsed concrete in the upscale East Beirut neighborhood of Gemmayze, according to multiple reports.
“They detected a signal from a potential heartbeat for a second time – they are going in,” tweeted the BBC’s Claiure Reed shortly after noon New York time.
“They say they detected a heartbeat — absolutely incredible,” she tweeted.
A team from Chile had been making the rounds in the neighborhood when their rescue dog alerted at one of the collapsed buildings, Beirut-based journalist Luna Safwan tweeted.
“The Chilean Search and rescue team continues to look for 2 possible victims (1 of them might still be alive) under this collapsed building in Gemayze,” her tweet reads.
“The team was making a round in Gemayze when their rescue dog approached the building alerting them to search.”
Reed said whispers of “Is it true? Could someone be alive??” wafted through a crowd that had gathered there.
Finding someone alive would be a miracle, Liz Sly, the bureau chief there for the Washington Post, tweeted Thursday.
“A dog has detected life under the rubble at this spot in Gemmayze, a whole month after the Beirut explosion,” Sly tweeted.
“Rescue teams are digging. Let there be a miracle.”
Gemmayze is just a few blocks from the port where the Aug. 4 explosion at a chemicals storage warehouse killed 181 people.