Rescue teams at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, took a moment of silence on July 7 to remember the victims of the building collapse, as search teams gave up hope of finding survivors.
“At this point, we have truly exhausted every option available to us in the search-and-rescue mission,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a news conference. As of midnight on Wednesday, the search operation transitioned from rescue to recovery.
On Wednesday, the confirmed death toll from the condo collapse had risen to 54 people, with 86 people still unaccounted for. Since the building partially collapsed on June 24, no-one has been recovered alive from the rubble.
Drone footage shared by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shows search and rescue crews and community members observing a moment of silence at the site. “With heavy hearts, we begin search and recovery efforts, and will continue to give our all as our commitment still remains to reunite families with their loved ones,” they said in an Instagram post. Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue via Storyful