Rescuers have detected a attainable “banging” sound coming from the rubble of the partially collapsed 12-story oceanfront condo building close to Miami.
The sound, picked up by sonar tools, provides a glimmer of hope as responders dig by way of the mountain of particles the place the building in Surfside, Fla., simply north of Miami Seashore, got here crashing down round 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
“We did obtain sounds — not essentially individuals speaking, however sounds — what feels like individuals banging,” mentioned Hearth Rescue Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah throughout a day press briefing. “We haven’t heard any voices coming from the pile.”
Jadallah cautioned that the noise could merely be from particles shifting on the web site, the place a minimum of one particular person died and a minimum of 99 extra are unaccounted for.
Working in shifts and cautious of attainable additional collapse, first responders are meticulously sifting by way of the rubble in a race in opposition to time to succeed in any survivors who could also be trapped.
Along with sonar tools, the rescue effort additionally contains “search cams” and canines specifically skilled to detect individuals buried beneath the layers of rubble, officers mentioned.
It stays unclear what brought on the building, which dates to 1981, to partially give method.