SURFSIDE, Fla. — As the grueling search-and-rescue mission at a collapsed Surfside condominium building enters its seventh day, one veteran first responder says emergency crews are hoping for a miracle.
“This is the worst disaster that I have ever been to,” said Maggie Castro, a firefighter/paramedic with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “I’ve been on several hurricane deployments, and I’ve never seen devastation like this.”
Castro is a rescue specialist with Florida Task Force One, and like hundreds of other brave and dedicated first responders, is relentlessly working day and night in 12-hour shifts at the Champlain Towers property, desperate to find survivors.
“We understand that with every moment that passes, the chances of finding someone alive become less and less,” Castro said. “But still we’re in no way giving up hope for a miracle that we can find, hopefully, at least one person.”
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