Search at Miami condo collapse switches from rescue to recovery

SURFSIDE, Fla. — The search efforts at a Miami-area condo building that collapsed June 24 shifted from rescue to recovery Wednesday, a devastating announcement that many families of the missing have been expecting for days.

Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told families that after searching all areas of debris that officials have concluded it will now be next to impossible to find people alive.

“Our sole responsibility at this point is to bring closure,” he said, adding that workers concluded there was “no chance of life.”

Emergency teams would remove rescue dogs and sound devices but would continue to search through the rubble for the bodies of victims, Jadallah told the families at a private briefing Wednesday.

Crews searched through the rubble of Champlain Towers South in Surfside for 14 days, hoping to rescue any survivors of the catastrophic collapse. The only recovered survivor was found hours after rescuers arrived at the scene. 

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