As many as 159 people were unaccounted for Friday afternoon, dozens more than officials had previously estimated. Rescuers used trained dogs and sonar in a frantic search through the rubble of the Champlain Towers condo complex in South Florida.
By Friday morning, the known death toll had risen to four, officials said. The precise number of people who had been inside the building at the time of the collapse was still unclear.
“Speaking with a lot of these family members, when they’re unaccounted for, it’s a really, really difficult thing because they just don’t know,” Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said.
Here is what photographers at the site of the collapse saw.
Friday, June 25
South Florida Urban Search and Rescue personnel worked atop the rubble.
Emergency workers took shifts searching for those who were still missing.
People gathered to pray on the beach near the site of the collapse.
Photos of those who are missing were hung up along a fence.
A sign hung from a balcony in Surfside offering support for those still missing.
Ariana Hevia waited for information about her mother, Cassandra Statton, a resident of the condo who was still missing.
Isabella Cisternino, 10, Isabela Giron-Otano, 11, and Freddy Giron lit candles on the beach.
Thursday, June 24
Bystanders watched search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.
An aerial view of the collapsed section of the Champlain Towers South complex.
Viviana Pena held a photo of her missing aunt as she spoke with reporters outside the Surfside Community Center.
A dog working with rescue workers in the rubble.
Firefighters conducted search-and-rescue operations.
A large section of the residential building collapsed.
Raied Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue, spoke at a news conference.
People gathered at the Surfside Community Center, which served as a reunification center for victims and families.
People entering the Surfside Community Center.
Bystanders watched the search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.