I, on February 9, 1999, villagers in the tiny town of Montroc, France shoveled away three days' worth of snow. While they were
busy cleaning away the white mounds, a
distant roar sounded out above the town. In less than two minutes, 300,000 cubic
meters of snow, boulders, earth, and trees engulfed this once sleepy village.
Fourteen buildings were flattened and as
many as 50 people were buried beneath tons
of snow and rubble. Skilled rescuers couldn't make their way to the town, so
the townspeople had to rely
on one another. As the snow hardened to a
concrete-like state, minutes felt like hours as lives hung
on the line
as a result of the Avalanche at Montroc.
On October 12, 1984, then British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in the Grand Hotel in
Brighton, UK attending her party's annual conference. In
the early hours of the morning, an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb was detonated.
The 11-man Brighton fire brigade rushed to the scene and along with bystanders
searched for the injured under debris. After the smoke cleared, five people had
died and the Brighton Bombing went down in
The London subway attacks of 2006
shocked the city as well as the world. This wasn't the first time that the
British capital was under siege.
In April of 1980, the Iranian Embassy was under attack and for six days, the
world held their
Watch as highly-trained Special Air Service members bring this ordeal to an end
and 19 hostages are courageously rescued.
As long as people are in danger,
rescue efforts will be necessary. Tune in to watch as NGC digs a way through
some of the most harrowing tales in Rescue Emergency. In case of an emergency, we all know to pick up the phone
and dial 1-1-9. Within minutes, help can be on its way and chances of survival
are increased. In situations where seconds can make the difference
between life and death, rescuers and everyday citizens
play vital roles in saving lives. This month,
National Geographic Channel introduces Rescue Emergency.