Dwarf rescuer, 3ft tall, crawling under rubble to find Turkey earthquake victims

A brave dwarf has been crawling under rubble to help victims of a devastating earthquake.

Ridvan Celik, who is three-foot tall, has been using his size to try and find survivors of the disaster in Izmir, Turkey.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck last Friday, has so far killed 112 people in Turkey and two teenagers in Greece.

Mr Celik, 29, bought a plane ticket as soon as he heard of the natural disaster.

He travelled to the epicentre of it to help rescue survivors from under the debris.

The big-hearted rescuer said he “did not hesitate” as it brought back memories of an earthquake in 1999.



Dwarf rescuer, 3ft tall, crawling under rubble to find Turkey earthquake victims
The rescuer has been using his small size to crawl under debris

According to local reports, he has since been working non-stop for four days.

He has been crawling into small spaces that other people cannot get into, to desperately try and find victims who are still alive.

Mr Celik said: “When I heard about the earthquake in Istanbul, I bought my own ticket and came to İzmir.



Dwarf rescuer, 3ft tall, crawling under rubble to find Turkey earthquake victims
He has been working non-stop for days to find victims

“We met our teammates here. When we came to the Doganlar apartment building, the situation was deplorable.

“What people think of me really doesn’t mean anything.”

He added: “I think about the children and parents who might be under the rubble with my memories and experiences of the 1999 earthquake.



Dwarf rescuer, 3ft tall, crawling under rubble to find Turkey earthquake victims
He has been helping find survivors

“I jumped on the task, thinking that it could be me or my loved ones under that rubble.

“I did not hesitate.”

Rescuers are continuing to work among the rubble.

Dozens of people remain missing because of the tragedy, which has left many families homeless.

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