Elliot Lake rescue mission halted as collapsed mall deemed unsafe
'Rescue crews have been called off the scene of a fatal mall collapse in Elliot Lake, Ontario: The structure is simply too dangerous to send people into.
Ontario Provincial Police and crews from Toronto’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue spent hours making their way through the rubble of the mall, which collapsed Saturday afternoon, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20.
Earlier Monday, search and rescue spokesman Bill Needles said they’d detected signs of life - at least one person was breathing underneath the slabs of concrete and twisted metal. At one point, rescue crews were within 30 metres of the person.
But the structure became increasingly unstable: Wooden beams used to support shaky escalators started to buckle and bend. Slabs of concrete were shifting.
“It’s not safe for us to put workers back in there,” Mr. Needles said. “To put that OPP officer in that bucket and drop him down ... I'd have to put a team of rescue officers on the roof. It's just not safe."
Even manoeuvres using a rescue dog would be too risky, Mr. Needles said.
This makes the effort largely a recovery mission.'
Elliot Lake rescue mission halted as collapsed mall deemed unsafe - The Globe and Mail
Re: Elliot Lake rescue mission halted as collapsed mall deemed unsafe
This makes me sick.
Hello, rescue workers? You get paid to risk your lives - not play it safe.
There is someone alive in there, alone, probably injured, slowing dieing.
Now get off your butts and help her.
And if you won't - at least allow volunteers to do so if they wish.
What does the trapped woman have to lose - you have already written her off...cowards.