SURFSIDE, Fla.—The 14-day effort to find survivors of the collapsed condo was called off, with 86 people unaccounted for, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
“We made the extremely difficult decision to transition from operation search-and-rescue to recovery,” Ms. Levine Cava said Wednesday. “At this point, we have truly exhausted every option available to us in the search-and-rescue mission.”
Beginning at midnight, crews will transition from looking for living victims to recovery, continuing to look for the remains of those missing and to investigate the cause of the building’s collapse.
“Today is a heartbreaking day,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, adding that he still held out hope for a miracle.
Search teams found eight more victims at the Champlain Towers South site Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed dead to 54, Ms. Levine Cava said Wednesday evening. No survivors have been found since June 24, the day the building collapsed.
Source: WSJ – US News