Rescue Workers End Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse After Two Weeks

A member of an Israeli search and rescue team (left) salutes in front of the rubble that once was Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla., during a prayer ceremony on Wednesday. / Jose A Iglesias/AP

A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed.

The painstaking search for survivors shifted to a recovery effort at midnight Wednesday after authorities said they had come to the agonizing conclusion that there was “no chance of life” in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside.

When the decision was made to transition to recovery mode, “It took a little piece of the hearts of this community,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said at a news conference Thursday.

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