Margarita Castro, a team of rescuers who work in the Miami-Dade condominium, told how the body of a 7-year-old girl was found among the remains.
Among the two new deaths confirmed today by the mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, is a girl of about seven years old who is the daughter of one of the firefighters who work in the rescue tasks of the partially collapsed building in Surfside (Miami -Dade).
"I can tell you that he was the one who brought her down from the rubble," said her rescue partner Margarita Castro before bursting into tears, visibly moved and fatigued from the ninth day of the search.
And he added: "They were all there with him. It is a very difficult moment, as you can imagine. She is a seven-year-old girl. Everyone, his team and ours, were with him when he brought his daughter down".
Castro is a member of the Miami-Dade firefighter and search and rescue team. Today he spoke to the media confirming the terrible find.
"It has already been confirmed, but I don't want to give too much detail. He's a firefighter from the city of Miami; he's not from our department. We want to pay respect to that department, that they are the ones who break the news about their firefighter. And in the way that he wants that news to be given. It's his family, it's his time," Castro added to the media.
The firefighter also referred to the weight of the work that all the teams are carrying out.
"The rescuers, as you can imagine, are tired. They are emotionally tired, physically tired. It is a very difficult task, by hand, for a long time, moving small pieces of rubble, moving larger pieces to be able to remove it from the hill, seeing human remains, seeing victims ..." he explained.
At the earlier press conference, Mayor Levine Cava mentioned the high "human cost" that the operation took on first responders and asked everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
There are 20 dead people, 188 found alive, a figure higher than the previous one, due to the strict verification that is constantly carried out, and 128 missing.
This Thursday, the search for the victims resumed after a 15-hour intervention, with the rest of the Champlain Towers South building, 40 years old, and 136 apartments fearing a possible collapse, of which 55 fell.
Levine Cava indicated that engineers are examining the effects of the demolition of the part of the building that is still standing.
But doing so may "take weeks" and stressed that rescuers are willing to start expanding the search area for possible victims.
Adding to the instability of the building is the possible arrival of Hurricane Elsa in South Florida early next week.
Levine Cava urged Miami-Dade residents to plan for a possible impact, as they are doing for the site of the June 24 landslide.