They gave the same numbers out at a news conference just after 8 p.m. ET Friday as they had nearly 12 hours earlier.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava noted Friday night that rescue officials were still searching for survivors from the condo building collapse in Surfside, saying that a search and rescue mission was ongoing. Cava said authorities were providing briefings every four hours to waiting families in the reunification center.
Rescue teams are using sonar devices to listen for signs of movement in the rubble, but Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah at a news conference said they do not hear voices and that more than 130 firefighters were working at the site.
“We did receive sounds. Not necessarily people talking, but, sounds,” Jadallah said. He said the bangs could be people, but there’s no way to be sure.
Jadallah said when rescue crews would hear a sound, they would focus their resources on that area.
Survival odds are long, but not impossible. Former Miami-Dade Emergency Management Director Carlos Castillo said the first earthquake he responded to in 1988 taught him not to lose hope.
“Five days after the earthquake, we rescued a 60 year old woman that who survived,” he said on NewsNation Prime. “She lived off rainwater whenever she could, but she was able to survive.”
Crews are now facing the perilous task of creeping through the compromised Champlain Towers South Condo. A video posted on Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Twitter page shows responders knee-deep in water working on a section of the building where the roof has sunk to eye-level.
“Every time we make a breach underneath the ground we do have some debris that rains down on the firefighters,” Jadallah said.
President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration in the state of Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts. FEMA staff began arriving at the scene overnight.
Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said they are working with the medical examiner’s office to identify the four victims.