Two more victims identified as surfside recovery decline and investigation progresses


The three-week search for victims of the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South on the surfside has become “more difficult” as recovery workers continue to search for rubble.

The once bustling site is now quieter. Trailers from out-of-state agencies that once camped on Collins Avenue and nearby parks and side streets have begun to leave. The media tents pushed by dozens of reporters from all over the country with the camera crew are almost empty as the twice-daily briefings have been reduced to once-daily briefings and further reduced to press releases.

At the temporary monument on Harding Avenue, passers-by stopped and continued to reflect, sometimes leaving notes and bouquets of flowers.On Friday, some of the remaining prayer candles were still burning Multifaced community vigilance Dozens of people gathered on Thursday night to mourn the people lost in the tragic collapse.

On the premises, bulldozers and cranes continue to lift huge chunks of metal, concrete and other debris, organizing them into the towering mountains of the last debris of a 12-story seaside condo.

Collins Avenue between 83rd and 90th Avenues is still closed, but detour traffic on nearby Harding Avenue has been eased.

Surfside Mayor Charles Barkett told a Miami Herald reporter “every day” when he visited the makeshift monument. “We go every day.”

Miami-Dade police identified two more victims on Friday. Maria Popa (79) pulled out of the rubble on July 9 and Brad Cohen (51) recovered on July 7.

Popa’s husband, 82-year-old Mihai Laduresk, Identified on Thursday. The couple owned a unit 404.

Orthopedic surgeon Cohen was welcoming his brother at a condominium on the 11th floor. Gary Cohen, who was visiting from Alabama, Identified on July 8th. Brad Cohen’s wife, Solaya, was staying in another apartment in Miami Beach with her 12-year-old daughter the night the tower of the condominium collapsed.

Currently, 94 bodies have been identified and the relatives of each of these victims have been notified. There were reports of 97 missing persons held at the Miami-Dade County Police Department, 241 were described.

The system for reporting numbers has changed slightly to include only those identified. This method is intended to give the most accurate numbers and was introduced “to respect families who are still waiting,” a Miami-Dade County press release said.

“It’s difficult at this point,” Miami-Dade Police spokesman Carlos Rosario said on Friday. “There is a human corpse that has been identified … it’s a scientific process and I don’t want to say the wrong number. I’ve taken a step back.”

Barckett said the quest to recover all the victims still has challenges, such as flooding the “bathtub” of a multi-storey car park with leaks and cracks. He said discussing the timeline for the end of a search is still a daunting subject while the search mission that concludes the third week is proceeding faster than anyone could have imagined.

“It’s unpleasant for everyone,” Barckett said.

Surfside Mayor Charles Barckett Visits Surfside Wall of Hope & amp; A monument to rescue teams continue recovery missions at the collapsed Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, on Friday, July 16, 2021. ..

Surfside Mayor Charles Barquette visits Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial on Friday, July 16, 2021 while rescue teams continue their recovery mission at the collapsed Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. I will.

More information about the federal investigation has been released

As the search mission begins to end, outside engineers want access to the site to investigate the cause of the collapse.

In response to complaints of being blocked from the site, Katherine Fernandez Randall’s lawyer issued a statement Thursday, reminding law enforcement agencies to be in charge of the scene as it is an active investigation. ..

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the federal agency responsible for the investigation, released the latest information on the ongoing investigation on Friday.

Authorized to investigate the collapse of major buildings since 9/11, NIST uses remote sensing technology to find out where in the pile of evidence the pieces of evidence are when the site begins to clear. I have specified.

Investigators use lidar, which sends fast pulses of light from the balcony of an adjacent building and records reflections to create a sort of map. Drones and time-lapse cameras are also capturing real-time images of the site as the mountains continue to change.

The cameras and riders used by NIST and its partners scan and record the Champlain Towers South Condominium site.

The cameras and riders used by NIST and its partners scan and record the Champlain Towers South Condominium site.

At least 200 debris, including columns, beams, and concrete fragments, have been tagged as evidence by NIST and are currently in storage by Miami-Dade Police.

After architectural elements such as columns, beams, and floor slabs have been identified, removed from the pile of debris, tagged and moved to storage, police escorts carry evidence to offsite storage, where Saved for study.

After architectural elements such as columns, beams, and floor slabs have been identified, removed from the pile of debris, tagged and moved to storage, police escorts carry evidence to offsite storage, where Saved for study.

NIST is also investigating the adjacent Champlain Towers North condo building to better understand why Champlain Towers South collapsed. NIST has installed an accelerometer to measure building vibrations and a seismograph to measure ground vibrations to assist in computer modeling of Champlain Towers South.

NIST, which is not authorized to determine the negligence of a collapse, has not evaluated the safety of Champlain Towers North, which is being considered by local and state agencies.

NIST is also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida State University, Miami-Dade Fire Department, National Science Foundation, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Geological Survey, a representative who is likely to spend years investigating the collapse. team.Their investigation Create new information It helps prevent future building breakdowns.

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