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The Fall of the Condo: Tears and prayers end in search of survivors

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The two-week silence on the search for survivors of the Florida condominium crash ended in a moment as rescuers stood in solemn focus and priests embraced the ranks of local officials, many of them sobbing.

Measures to search for survivors began at midnight on Wednesday after officials came to the sad conclusion that “there is no chance of life” inside the ruins of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside.

“We all asked God for a miracle, so moving from redemption to redemption is a very difficult decision,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Kava told a news conference.

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The death toll rose to 54 on Wednesday night. Officials say 86 people are missing, although detectives are working to verify that each of those listed as missing is indeed present when the building collapses.

Rescuers spent two weeks searching for the wreckage, searching in vain for any signs of life, Levine Kava said.

“They used all possible strategies and all available technologies to find people among the ruins,” he said. “They removed more than £ 7 million of concrete and debris from the hill. They used sonar, cameras, dogs, heavy machinery. They searched for spaces and searched for victims. They went into a building. They were told it could collapse and they kept people alive.” fought fire, smoke, heavy rain and strong winds in the hope of finding it. “

Hours before the official transition from rescue to rescue, these emergency personnel joined local officials, rabbis and priests in silence.

The invisible accordionist Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Ordinary Man” was performed on a nearby tennis court, followed by the piccolo “Fighting Anthem of the Republic”. Firefighters from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the federal government and elsewhere were also present.

Families and benefactors posted photos of the victims, messages of support and flowers on a nearby high wall. Firefighters hung a sign on the fence that read, “Miami-Dade firefighter mourns with you.”

Officials have promised to continue rescue efforts until the remains of each of the missing are found.

Raide Jadallah, assistant chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Service, told families during a personal briefing that crews would stop using rescue dogs and listening devices.

Moments, personal items and flowers are on display at the Surfside Wall of Hope on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Surfside (Fla).  The exhibition will honor those killed during the fall of the Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront in Surfside.  .  (Al Diaz / Miami Herald via AP)

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“Our only responsibility right now is to close,” he said as relatives cried in the background.

Jadallah later said during a press conference that the crews were committed to doing everything necessary to get the job done.

“Resources are still there. Men and women are still there. Support is still there,” Jadallah said, and he began to cry silently after he spoke.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Kominsky said rescue efforts are expected to continue for several more weeks.

According to Dennis Dirkmaat, a professor of anthropology at Mercyhurst University’s Department of Applied and Forensic Expertise, crews use a “top-down” approach to methodically lifting heavy equipment from garbage dumps, placing it in containers, and evaluating it. for evidence of human remains. He said the process could be repeated as the crew moves to the next floors.

“It’s still a slow, tedious process to get rid of all the rubbish. And so it takes some time,” he said.

After rescuers demolished the rest of the building, allowing the remains to enter new locations, hopes of finding survivors were soon restored.

Some of these spaces were mostly in the basement and garage, but there were no survivors. Instead, the teams recovered more than a dozen additional casualties. As the building collapsed early in the morning, many were found dead in their beds.

No one has been pulled alive since the first hours after the 12-story building collapsed on June 24.

Twice during the search operation, rescuers had to suspend the mission due to the instability of the rest of the condominium building and the precession of demolition.

After initially hoping for a miraculous rescue, the families gradually supported themselves to the news that their relatives had not survived.

“For some, what they’re telling us is almost a sense of relief when they already know (that someone has died) and they can just start putting an end to that chapter and start going on,” Miami-Dade said. firefighter and ramedik Maggi Castro, she renews families every day.

Officials are launching a grand jury investigation into the crash, and at least six lawsuits have been filed by the Champlain Towers families.

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