Rescue turns into salvage in Surfside condo collapse
A moment of silence in Surfside, Florida on Wednesday as authorities called off the search for survivors after a building collapsed two weeks ago. They say there is no longer any hope of pulling someone alive from the ruins. Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levine Cava said operations will turn to recovery starting Thursday. “It is with deep sadness that I am able to share this afternoon the extremely difficult decision to move from search and rescue to recovery.” âAt this point, we have really exhausted all the options available in the search-and-rescue mission.â No one had been found alive since the early hours, after part of the 12-story condo at the Tours Champlain South collapsed. Although no signs of life have been detected by the equipment or the dogs trained since then. 24-hour crews have since extracted the remains of 54 people from the rubble. However, 86 people are still missing, believed to have been inside the apartment when he fell. Officials say they may be elsewhere or have been double-counted. Miami-Dade Deputy Fire Chief Ray Jadallah suggested few bodies were found intact, and instead called the recoveries “human remains.” human remains, you know, usually an individual has, you know, a specific time frame in terms of lack of food, water, and air. This, this collapse, you know, doesn’t provide anything like that. “” Based on everything that has been given to us, that there are no living victims. What we have done now is transferred to a search and recovery in the search, and the recovery is now moved to finding every victim in this pile. “Investigators still have not determined what caused the collapse of the building without warning, although a 2018 engineering report warned of structural deficiencies in the tower.