Israeli army specialists join search in Florida condo collapse

Among the lots of of search-and-rescue staff painstakingly sifting through the rubble of the collapsed Florida condo constructing are members of a specialised Israeli army unit who’re acknowledged by their yellow helmets and can-do perspective solid by a long time of wartime expertise.

On Sunday, the specialists from the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command joined the huge effort to seek out survivors in the devastated stays of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, the Times of Israel reported.

As of Tuesday, the dying toll stood at 11, with 150 people still unaccounted for.

The rapid-mobilization unit — which has taken half in quite a lot of high-profile missions across the globe — is headed by Golan Vach, a colonel in the reserves, and consists of 10 different reservists who’re all high consultants in engineering, in response to the IDF.

“The mission of the delegation is to assist in the life-saving efforts by mapping the challenges at the site of the destruction, assisting the Jewish community and supporting the local rescue forces,” the IDF mentioned.

Golan Vach, Commander of the Israel Rescuers delegation arrives at the area where the condo collapsed in Florida.
Golan Vach, commander of the Israel Rescuers delegation, arrives on the space the place the condo collapsed in Florida.
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The IDF’s delegation arriving in Florida to assist in the search for survivors after the condo collapse.
The IDF’s delegation arriving in Florida to help in the search for survivors after the condo collapse.
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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz mentioned the mission to Florida was permitted in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.

“As with any national mission, the IDF and the defense establishment are ready to respond, act and assist. Every effort will be made to save lives, support the Jewish community and our friend the United States,” Gantz mentioned, the Israeli outlet reported.

The staff — a part of the “Helping Hand” operation — was joined by Israel’s United Hatzalah, a Jerusalem-based volunteer emergency service, which despatched a delegation of six psychological help staff to assist the affected households.

Crews from the United States and Israel work in the rubble Champlain Towers South condo, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Surfside, Florida.
Crews from the United States and Israel work in the rubble Champlain Towers South condo, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Surfside, Florida.
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Members of the Israel Rescuers delegation prepare to search the area where the Florida condo collapsed.
Members of the Israel Rescuers delegation put together to search the realm the place the Florida condo collapsed.
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Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai, who additionally arrived on the tragic web site, famous that the extensively revered unit’s members “have been all over the world in many similar situations.”

“We will do whatever we can to help the Americans in any way they deem fit,” Shai told The Jerusalem Post. “America can learn from Israeli experience. Unfortunately, we have too much experience with disasters.”  

Delegation official Elad Edri mentioned the staff held out hope for a miracle.

“We are here to bring hope. After the earthquake in Haiti, we rescued someone after 108 hours. So there is still a chance,” Edri mentioned, although that timeframe has already elapsed.

The Israeli groups have traveled internationally to offer rescue and medical companies through the years.

The IDF groups responded to an earthquake in Turkey in 1999, an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a hurricane in the Philippines in 2013, a quake in Nepal in 2015, an earthquake in Mexico in 2017, and most not too long ago to Equatorial Guinea after huge explosions on a army base in March killed over 100 individuals and injured lots of.

Meanwhile, the worldwide unit of the Magen David Adom, Israel’s EMS service, joined paramedics and EMTs with the South Florida Hatzalah on the catastrophe web site.

Family members of those reported missing ask Joseph Dahan (R), an EMT with Hatzalah, a volunteer emergency organization, on how to join other families to view the site of the collapsed building.
Family members of these reported lacking ask Joseph Dahan (proper), an EMT with Hatzalah, a volunteer emergency group, on how you can join different households to view the location of the collapsed constructing.
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“I came to Miami to connect the community and families to the forces at the scene and in Israel and help in any way possible during the crisis,” MDA paramedic Uriel Goldberg, who arrived from Israel, instructed the Times of Israel.

“The teams work around the clock with great commitment, while being careful in a complex and dangerous scene and in very complex field conditions,” he added.

Eli Beer, president and founding father of United Hatzalah, told the Jerusalem Post that Israel’s El Al airways totally sponsored the flights for the staff to the Sunshine State.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the mission to assist in the Florida rescue was approved in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz mentioned the mission to help in the Florida rescue was permitted in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.
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“This will be the fourth emergency relief mission conducted by our Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit in the United States in as many years,” Beer instructed the information outet.

“I myself was the benefactor of the kindness of the entire South Florida community during my fight with COVID-19 last year and if I were able to go myself on this mission I would,” Beer mentioned.

“I am sending my best people on this mission in order to provide as much help as we can. We stand with you and we are sending you the best of the best to help. They will be there as soon as regulations permit us to arrive,” he added.

Minister Dr Nachman Shai, Israel Minister of Diaspra Affairs, speaking after arriving in Florida.
Minister Dr Nachman Shai, Israel Minister of Diaspra Affairs, talking after arriving in Florida.
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Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett described a gathering between the Israelis and households of the lacking.

“They wanted to know if the Israeli team thought that the Miami-Dade team had been doing the right thing,” Burkett mentioned, Reuters reported. “The commander from the Israeli team did not hesitate, turned around and said, ‘They’ve been doing exactly the right thing.’”

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