Miami-Dade Officially Ends Recovery Mission At Condo Collapse Site

July 7, 2021
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department

With heavy hearts, we begin search & recovery efforts, and will continue to give our all as our commitment still remains to reunite families with their loved ones.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department after the Miami-Dade mayor announced the search-and-rescue mission has shifted to a recovery effort.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, the 14th day of the search-and-rescue operation, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced "the extremely difficult decision," stating that "at this point, we have truly exhausted every option available to us in the search-and-rescue mission. So today is about beginning the transition to recovery so that we can help to bring closure to the families who've been suffering and waiting for news."
  • After the announcement, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department held a powerful moment of silence and prayer to pay tribute to the lives lost.
  • As of Wednesday evening, the death toll stood at 54, with 86 people still unaccounted for. No one has been rescued since the first few hours after the Champlain Towers South condominium building collapsed on June 24.
  • Also on Wednesday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced that a grand jury will investigate the incident.

by Jenna Lee,