MIAMI condo residents are heard calling for help amid the debris in harrowing police footage taken after the building fell.
Police body camera footage, newly released from the town of Surfside, showed the tragic scene shortly after the Champlain Towers South crumbled in the early hours of June 24.
Police body camera footage showed the tragic scene shortly after the condo collapsed[/caption]
The town of Surfside released the police body camera footage[/caption]
98 people were killed after the condo collapsed in Surfside, Florida[/caption]
The video captures the distressed cries of the condo collapse victims who were still alive, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Rescuers immediately arrived on the scene where a section of the 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed and pulled survivors from the debris.
In the police officer’s bodycam footage, his flashlight is seen leading the way as the officer tried to figure out what happened and if people were injured.
“Are you guys OK? Is there anybody with injuries?” the officer, identified as Surfside Officer Ariol Lage by the Miami Herald, is heard yelling out at the beginning of the video.
Dust particles are seen in the air as Lage made his way around the condo collapse scene.
As Lage tries to access what happened and looks for ways to get near the screaming voices, red and blue police lights are seen in the distance.
When Lage asked, “Where are you? Are you OK?” a woman is heard in the distance saying: “No.”
He then asked: “Anybody down there injured?” — to which the woman said: “Yes. An old lady.”
Lage then proceeds to run around the parking garage area of the building in an attempt to reach the injured.
Towards the end of the video clip, loud screams and cries were heard in the distance.
The officer is then heard saying at 1.27am: “Someone is screaming, bro.”
More than 45 minutes of footage from three officers shows the aftermath of the collapse, NBC News reported.
According to the news outlet, one clip shows a firefighter urging police to “keep everybody out.”
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett described the footage as “just horrific, but it’s also inspiring,” NBC reported.
He explained: “It’s horrific because you can hear people screaming ‘help get me out,’ but it’s inspiring to see our heroes climbing over that pile within minutes of the collapse even with the looming danger of that building falling down on top of them.”
Meanwhile, those who were unable to be rescued after the initial collapse were finally accounted for after weeks of incessant search, according to police.
Miami Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed in a press release on July 26, 2021, that all missing victims have been located and all families have been notified.
She also thanked the first responders and rescue crews that worked tirelessly over the past 33 days to help bring closure to all those families.
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At the time of the collapse, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the structure “literally pancaked.”
Adding: “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean to me that we are going to be as successful as we wanted to be in finding people alive.”
Survivors were pulled from the debris[/caption]
The Champlain Towers South crumbled in the early hours of June 24[/caption]