Adele and Elisabetta, identical twin girls aged four, went missing last week while out with their family in Udine, Italy. Countless people spent hours searching for them.
People became much more concerned about them as it grew dark outside. Alexei Coianiz, a local citizen, felt compelled to assist after learning about the missing girls. It was 11 o’clock at that point and the girls were still missing. He began off driving with his friend Francesco, keeping their eyes and ears open. Due to the large number of people searching for Adele and Elisabetta, the town was congested.
“We walk along repeatedly calling the two girls, but nothing,” Alexei wrote on Facebook. “The woods are very dense and our torches are almost useless.”
They finally arrived at a small building, hoping the girls were inside, but it turned out to be empty. So they kept walking. And finally, after an hour of searching, they heard a reply to their calls.
“We’re here! We’re hungry! Come!” a little voice said.
When the searchers shined their flashlights in the direction of the voices, they saw a pit bull with her back to them. This was how they met Margot, Adele and Elisabetta’s dog, who kept them safe for the nearly nine hours they were lost.
“She immediately started running towards us, licking us and facendoci le feste (as we say in Italy),” Alexei told The Dodo. “At the moment I found them I was really calm and focused on what to do next, which was making sure they were healthy and make them comfortable.”
Margot remained as near to her daughters as she could as the rescuers wrapped the girls in their sweatshirts to keep them warm and went to warn the other members of the search team.
According to Alexei, “Francesco and I stay with the twins and the dog who won’t move.” “[She] needs to safeguard her kids.”
After Margot and her girls were reunited with their family, Alexei, Francesco and Silvio went back to their cars and drove home with a story they won’t soon forget.
“What can I say?” Alexei wrote. “A story to tell your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”