Mom who broke pelvis in four-story plunge from collapsed Miami apartment block then SAVES daughter from rubble
A MOM who suffered a broken pelvis reportedly rescued her daughter from the rubble as a 12-story Miami apartment block fell to the ground on Thursday.
Angela Gonzalez and Devon, 16, fell from the ninth floor to the fifth floor as the condo collapsed at 1:30am on Thursday.
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The mom broke her pelvis but managed to rescue her daughter from the debris, CBS reports.
Both were taken to a medical facility for treatment.
But, Edgar Gonzalez, Angela’s husband, and Devon’s dad, still remains unaccounted for and is one of the 159 said to be missing.
Family friend Lisa Melencial said: “Even though it’s a tragic scenario. I just want prayers and just the best for her and her family.”
Officials confirmed that the latest death toll now stands at four with 159 unaccounted.
Crews confirmed three bodies had been pulled from the rubble overnight.
Dozens are feared to be missing but the search operation will continue in the hope of "finding people alive", Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on Friday.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah told reporters on Friday that emergency personnel heard sounds in the rubble overnight.
He said it could be either falling debris or people tapping.
He added: “We are listening for sounds, human sounds and tapping.”
Ilan Naibryf and his girlfriend Deborah Berezdivin are thought to be among those unaccounted for, MailOnline reports.
The University of Chicago branch of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement posted on Instagram: “Please pray for Ilan Ben Ronit and Deborah Bat Talia Chaya.
"They are dear friends, gems whom we love dearly. Ilan is a student at UChicago and the President of our Chabad Student Board. They are both family.”
Plastic surgeon Andres Galfrasconi is also feared to be among those missing along with his partner Fabian Nunez, 55, and their six-year-old daughter Sofia.
They had traveled to Florida to receive their Covid-19 vaccines.
Mom and grandmother Judy Spiegel, 65, is also reported to be missing.
Her daughter told CBS: “I just want my mom. I want to go back a day and change everything.”
And, British mom Bhavna Patel, a 38-year-old UK-US dual citizen, her husband Vishal Patel, 42, and their one-year-old daughter Aishani are also said to be missing.
Striking pictures show the moment before a portion of Champlain Towers South collapsed into a pile of debris.
Bunkbeds and electrical cables are seen teetering over balconies that have been shattered in the destruction.
Residences in the apartment building were devastated in the process and rubble was found in a swimming pool, according to the New York Post.
Surfside mayor Charles Burkett admitted he didn’t realize the “severity” of the situation when he was first notified about the incident, CBS reports.
He told reporters: “I thought a balcony had come down, to tell you the truth.
"I came out and when I saw what I saw, it was just heartbreaking. It’s like a bomb went off."
The 12-story condo plunged to the ground at around 1:30am on Thursday.
Miami Dade authorities declared a "Level 5" mass casualty event as crews from across Florida helped local search teams.
One witness, who was in a neighboring building, said the collapse felt like a "tornado or earthquake".
He told Fox News: "It was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life."
The official cause of the accident remains unknown but a researcher at Florida International University has given some insight as to why the beachfront condo may have unexpectedly crumbled.
A 2020 study by Shimon Wdowinski, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, determined the apartment block to be unstable, USA Today reported.
The building, which was built in 1981, has been sinking at an "alarming rate" since the 1990s.
The 12-story apartment was built on wetlands and underneath its foundation is sand and organic fill, The Washington Post reports.
It was situated on a barrier island that had risen about a foot in the past century due to climate change.
But, experts think it’s too early to say whether climate change caused the condo to destabilize.
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