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Once abandoned, Baekgu becomes first honorary rescue dog after saving missing woman

실종 할머니 목숨 구한 유기견 백구, 국내 첫 명예구조견에 임명

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Baekgu sits in front of its new house during a ceremony to appoint it as an honorary rescue dog by South Chungcheong Province, Sept. 6. Yonhap
Baekgu sits in front of its new house during a ceremony to appoint it as an honorary rescue dog by South Chungcheong Province, Sept. 6. Yonhap


A dog named Baekgu has become Korea's first honorary 119 rescue dog after playing a critical role in the search for a missing elderly woman.
실종된 할머니를 구하는 데 중요한 역할을 한 백구가 국내 첫 명예구조견에 임명되었다.


According to the South Chungcheong Provincial Government and emergency officials, the dog was given the title Monday for helping rescue workers find its owner, a 93-year-old dementia patient who fell unconscious in a field, 2 kilometers from her home, Aug. 25.
충남도청과 충남소방본부에 따르면 백구는 구조대원들이 할머니를 찾는 것을 도와 119 구조견으로 임명되었다. 백구는 지난 8월 25일 치매에 걸려 집에서 2km 떨어진 밭에서 쓰러진 93세 할머니의 구조를 도왔다.


The woman's daughter, surnamed Shim, filed a missing person report to police after being unable to contact her mother for hours. They checked CCTV footage and saw Kim leave the village at dawn. But despite search efforts with volunteers, they could not find her for nearly two days.
실종 여성의 딸인 심모씨는 몇 시간 동안 할머니와 연락이 닿지 않자 경찰에 실종 신고를 접수했다. 경찰은 CCTV 녹화 장면을 확인한 후 할머니가 새벽에 마을을 떠난 것을 확인했다. 그러나 자원봉사자들의 수색에도 불구하고 할머니를 약 이틀 동안 찾을 수 없었다.


The dog stayed by its owner's side, keeping her warm during the rain. Rescue workers were eventually able to pinpoint her location after detecting the dog's body temperature using a drone with a thermal camera.
백구는 비가 오는 동안 할머니를 따뜻하게 하며 할머니 곁을 지켰다. 결국 구조대원은 열화상 카메라를 탑재한 드론을 사용해 강아지의 체온을 감지했고 할머니의 위치를 정확하게 찾아낼 수 있었다.


Ahn Seong-jin sjahn@koreatimes.co.kr


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