Search efforts continue in Surfside, Fla. following condo collapse


Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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UPDATED 9:12 AM PT – Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The search for survivors in Florida’s condo collapse has continued with more than 3 million pounds of concrete removed so far. The Miami-Dade mayor said there are no new fatalities to report as of Tuesday with the death toll standing at 12 and more than 149 people still missing.

Around 210 first responders from state, national and global teams are working on 12-hour shifts through the rain in Surfside. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been at the scene every day meeting with first responders as well as families of victims. He said the search will not let up at any cost and authorities are holding out hope of finding survivors.

“And people ask, you know, ‘is there hope’ or ‘what’s going to happen?’ And the way I look at it as an old Navy guy, as you know, when somebody is missing in action in the military, you’re missing until you’re found,” DeSantis stated. “And we don’t stop the search and so I think that that’s what’s what’s happening.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) also discussed the condo collapse and noted nothing should be ruled out this early in the investigation. He said it’s important to understand what happened to the Champlain condo buildings in order to evaluate other structures that may also be at risk.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is expected to travel to Florida to meet with first responders and families as early as Thursday.

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