The desperate call of the first rescuer to arrive at the Miami collapse was leaked: the dramatic comparison he made of the place.
In the conversation, you can hear the first impressions of the rescue team when they ran into the rubble of the building that immediately made them remember the episode of the Twin Towers in New York while describing the reactions of the people who were in the place.
This Tuesday, the audio of the first calls between the rescue bodies was broadcast after the collapse of the Champlain Towers building in Miami last week.
In the conversation, the operator is heard alerting rescue officials about the "parking collapse" of the building located at 88th Street with Collins Av.
"I notice a lot of people on their balconies. The building fell. There are no elevators," described the first official to arrive at the disaster site. "It looks like the World Trade Center," he added.
"Some people are evacuating; they say it sounded like a bomb," said the rescuer.
THE INVESTIGATION WILL BEGIN
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Tuesday that she would support the state attorney's office in opening a grand jury investigation into the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building, which has left 12 dead and 149 missings.
Levine Cava said he has been speaking with Miami-Dade prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle. However, he noted that "the grand jury has not yet been shortlisted."
So far, the office of the prosecutor Fernández Rundle has not commented. However, it announced that it would release a statement, CNN reported. "We were talking to the prosecutor about the investigation. She has our full support. said Levine Cava.
"I am very supportive of the grand jury investigation," stressed the mayor of Miami. He added: "I have pledged my full cooperation to move this measure forward."
WHAT IS A GRAND JURY
A grand jury is a group of citizens empowered by the United States judicial system to conduct legal proceedings, investigate possible crimes, and, if found, determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
The grand jury, made up of 16 to 23 people, can subpoena evidence or a person to testify. The one who asks that a grand jury be conformed is a prosecutor, considering sufficient clear evidence to reach a trial.
However, the grand jury does not determine if a person is guilty or not; it only says that there is enough evidence to start a trial.
BIDEN WILL VISIT MIAMI
On the other hand, the president, Joe Biden, announced Tuesday that he plans to travel to Florida on Thursday to visit the site of the partial collapse of a 12-story building in Surfside.
In a brief statement to reporters at the White House before attending a program in the state of Wisconsin, Biden indicated his intention to travel to the scene of last week's tragedy. "Yes, I hope so as soon as we can. Maybe as early as Thursday," the president responded to questions about whether he plans to travel to that Miami-Dade County town. The White House later confirmed the trip, which will include First Lady Jill Biden.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported Monday that resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ) and experts from various federal agencies such as the Administration of Safety and Health (OSHA) or the FBI also work to help rescue and in the analysis of what happened.