Body Camera Footage Released Shows First Moments After Miami Condo Collapse
© AFP 2021 / JOE RAEDLEThe remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building falls with a controlled demolition on 4 July 2021 in Surfside, Florida. The decision by officials to bring the rest of the building down was brought on by the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa and fears that the structure might come down in an uncontrolled fashion. Over one hundred people are missing as the search-and-rescue effort continues.
The tragedy in Surfside occurred early on 24 June, when the 12-story Champlain Towers South residential building partially collapsed.
Florida’s Surfside town officials released the body camera footage of police officers who arrived mere minutes after the tragic collapse of the residential building.
The video shows police officers making their way to the crumbled building through the dust, searching for survivors. Some officers couldn’t understand instantly the scale of the disaster.
On 24 June, the 12-story Champlain Towers South residential building partially collapsed, trapping the residents in the rubble. The authorities have so far not conclusively determined the cause of the collapse.
The death toll stands at 98.