Number of Missing Persons in Surfside Florida Condo Collapse Rises to 159 Persons, Four Bodies Recovered

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on June 25, 2021 | Sundance | 68 Comments

Heartbreak north of Miami-Dade as the number of missing persons in the Surfside condo collapse rises to 159 people. Search and rescue efforts continued throughout the night and morning as rescue workers enter their 36th hour of operations. The work is dangerous as the remaining elements of the building are very unstable.

MIAMI-DADE The arduous and heartbreaking task of recovering the bodies of victims at the site of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside began overnight and continued into a somber Friday morning in an unfolding tragedy that is feared to be the worst building failure in Florida history.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Friday morning that the number of people who are unaccounted for in Thursday’s building collapse increased to 159 — dramatically higher than the 99 reported earlier. The official death toll rose to four, as three more people were found in the rubble.

She said 120 people are now accounted for but stressed that all the numbers are “fluid” because some residents may not have been in the building when it collapsed.

[…] While the cause of the 12-story oceanfront condo tower’s collapse remains unknown, Levine Cava and other county officials confirmed that there was no sinkhole under the building.

State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who also serves as the state fire marshal, said on CNN early Friday morning the rescue mission would continue into the day, with search-and-rescue teams from Naples and Orlando coming to relieve Miami-Dade searchers who had been working their way through the rubble for more than 24 hours. (read more)

While the cause of the collapse is unknown the fact the building was located near the coast in South Florida; was built with an underground parking garage, and previous reports of the building slowly shifting/sinking point to structural instability and potential design flaws from the 40 year-old construction.   Not to be too blunt, but put a barstool on a beach and sit on it…. that’s the stability element many structural engineers in S-FL are discussing.

Regardless of cause this is a horrific event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.  The rescue workers are also facing peril as the elements of the remaining building that did not collapse are tenuous at best.  We pray for the safety of those trying around the clock to rescue and recover the lost.

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