WATCH: IDF Search Team Leader Says “Chances To Find Somebody Alive Is Close To Zero”

Rescue crews work at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building after the remaining structure was demolished Sunday, in Surfside, Fla., Monday, July 5, 2021. Many people are unaccounted for in the rubble of the building which partially collapsed June 24. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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More than a week after a residential building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, the chances of finding people alive under the rubble are “close to zero,” said Col. Golan Vach, commander of the Israeli National Rescue Unit that is helping the search and rescue efforts.

“I’m realistic, but we are still full of hope. This hope keeps us very active, and we scale up each day,” he said Monday. “We wake up in the morning … with a lot of energy to find the loved ones, alive or not alive.”

As the search and rescue efforts were paused during the demolition process, Vach said his team used the time to update the last location of people that were found and those questioned.

(Source: CNN)


  1. The best chance for survival is if they survived the impact, and are trapped but they have some access to food and water (it was a residential apartment after all). Obviously, that is not a bet worth taking, but crazier things have happened.