Rescue teams sent to Japan earthquake

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Firefighters from Leyland have been sent to Japan to help find survivors of the earthquake destruction.

The earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale and the following tsunami, which struck Japan earlier on Friday morning, has led to the deployment of the UK International Search and Rescue team, known as UKISAR.

Jim Davison and Darren Kyle are members of the Leyland Urban Search and Rescue Team, and are joined by four other Lancashire rescuers, including Andy Hayes, who lives in Bamber Bridge, and Watch Manager of Bamber Bridge Fire Station, Mark Noblet.

The 63-strong UKISAR team arrived at Ofunato City on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “At this stage of the operation the search dogs will be highly effective at detecting signs of life over the large areas involved.

“If there are any signs of life the teams will then concentrate their efforts in these areas with specialist tools that can penetrate reinforced concrete and metal to gain access to victims.”