Singapore sends rescue team to Japan

Singapore has deployed a rescue team comprising five search specialists and five search dogs to Japan.

The team from SCDF's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) contingent left on a commercial flight this morning.

They will assist in the search operations following the 8.9- magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday.

The team is led by Search Platoon Commander, Major Tan Loo Ping. All members of the team have participated in past overseas search and rescue operations. Several of them have just returned from Christchurch, New Zealand after participating in the search and rescue efforts there.

Putting the search dogs in their travel cages.