“It’s scary not to find the dead, but the dying”: search engines say they’re looking for missing children

They all came together for a common goal – to find a child alive

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

– Generally, we do not take such with us, – Marina said harshly, but motherly, looking at him, if I may say so, my equipment. – Are you the ones who gathered in the forest, where there are at least insects, and at most the bears?

But I knew that in the forests of Kuban everything would be limited to the “minimum” of Marinin. Where do bears come from in the Ubinsk region ?! Only elite mansions of the established Krasnodar.

Scottish boots

Scottish boots

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

Ignorance of the area was the only weak point in the arguments of the mother of five (!) Children from Voronezh. But her equipment could be the envy of a special forces fighter: protective shorts and jacket, black hat, shiny berets.

But my main envy was caused by half-finger leather gloves, which are worn by fashionable autoladies, glamorous fitonies and cyclists. A woman, even in battle, is a woman. Marina also came to Kuban with a group of researchers from another region to share, among other things, self-confidence.

And the press attention was flattering. In this battle uniform, they are not just teachers, clerks, salesmen, housewives, students, but the saviors of one’s life.

“Raise your leg,” Marina ordered, holding a skein of adhesive tape in her hand. – I’ll make you boots.

In the research teams, everyone: from small to large

In the research teams, everyone: from small to large

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

After manipulating the tape around my unprotected ankles, I really felt more confident.

An international team has already lined up on the ground for the parade – Kuban’s “loss specialists” from the “National Rescue Center” received colleagues from Chechnya, Rostov-on-Don, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria and marked Voronezh. Separately, experienced employees of Kuban-SPAS and the Ministry of Emergency Situations lined up.

Ministry of Emergencies in action

Ministry of Emergencies in action

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

The officers of the criminal investigation department were instructed to administer the exercises.

– Guys, we usually do not have the opportunity to train skills with such a team. “Therefore, we are happy for such a meeting,” he said.

The legend of the exercises fit on several album sheets: a 16-year-old girl disappeared in the village of Ubinskaya, left home on a bicycle the day before.

– You know from experience that it can be anything – crime is not ruled out. “Therefore, we process our square, if we find it alive or dead, we do not touch anything, but we report the find to the headquarters”, the policeman continues.

There were a lot of newcomers to all the teams from the regions, so the training camp was delayed. We were divided into many groups. Everyone has their own duty. Someone had to comb the village, someone – their square in the forest. Each group of volunteers included an officer and a rescuer. The police professionally assessed the situation, the rescuers – the safety of the route. Responsible people from the most experienced were also appointed to communicate with the headquarters in groups. Order radio response every 15 minutes.

Not everyone is guided by a compass

Not everyone is guided by a compass

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

– In fact, of course, everything happens literally instantaneously. When it comes to a person’s life, you can not hesitate – this is the main rule of the search engine. We call and gather quickly. “We often take time off work,” explains Vika, the head of our team. Marked the area of ​​our search with a bright marker on the map and we moved towards the forest along the mountains.

In ordinary life, Vika is a sales representative for an alcohol company in Voronezh. But on her account there are already hundreds of rescued children, mushroom pickers, suicides.

– It happens that you find a teenage boy, and he is already going to settle accounts with life in the forest. Hug him, sit down and talk, even if it is forbidden for us, – Vika continues, while we are heading to “our square”.

But search engines are not always successful.

Professionals participate in all the quests together with volunteers

Professionals participate in all the quests together with volunteers

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

– Why do you think I went to the quote ?! Confirms Marina. – I found a friend in the forest, who committed suicide. I could no longer go through such cases.

But it turns out that finding corpses, not alive, is not the worst thing in their job.

– It is worse when you find a child, and he dies in your arms, – the wise Alim continues the conversation beyond his age. Our group also includes an 18-year-old student from Karachay-Cherkessia.

He says that for almost a month no one was searched in the democracy and in the last two weeks, the search engines have gone several times. Beloved children, infamous teenagers and mushroom pickers often disappear all over the country.

Approaching the turn indicated on the map, we decided to separate. Four went straight, we, under Vika’s command, climbed along the almost steep edge of Sober.

The commander stopped

The commander stopped

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

The people of the plains from Voronezh found it difficult to climb, but Alim and Baga from Chechnya were at home.

I went up with everyone, trying for the best. Fortunately, radio waves soon reported: “Stop searching, check information.”

A group of researchers, who had left five minutes earlier, met our lost a little earlier. The girl was sitting on the edge of the abyss with a bloody wound on her leg. It later turned out to be a fracture.

When the lost woman was found alive, one could admire the landscapes of Kuban

When the lost woman was found alive, one could admire the landscapes of Kuban

A photograph: Evgeniya OSTRAYA

Her headquarters sent a special transport. But we did not see either the girl or her fracture. We had to go down the slope back and report it to the headquarters.

– Everyone is alive, everything is fine. “We are returning to the base,” Vika said with satisfaction to the speaker, her radio answered with a squeak.

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