Daily Archives: August 28, 2007

Barbados Apartment Collapse – Day 3 – Damaged Building Knocked Down, Work Continues

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Recovery Teams Working In Extremely Dangerous Conditions

INTERNET RADIO FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS… Voice Of Barbados 92.9fm (Windows Media Player needed)

9:00am Barbados Time – Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We notice that the radio and television reports are becoming fewer – a result of an expectation that the Codrington family are all dead. The rescue/recovery teams are working as hard as ever. Last evening the remains of the damaged building were knocked down in an attempt to make the worksite safer.

The most important news article of the day is an assessment by structural engineer Ralph Adams that appears in The Nation News. If such an article appeared in The New York Times about the collapse of a building in the United States, the police would now be using search warrants at the Town Planner’s Office and be in the middle of a homicide investigation. More on this later. (See The Nation News – Just A Matter Of Time!)

Stories From Day 3 – Print & Online Media…

Barbados Underground (main blog here)

One of David’s readers sent him a photo of the area near the collapsed apartment building where construction equipment had been working all week before the cave-in. See the photo and today’s story here.

Pull! Push! (main blog here)

Amit has put together an excellent photo history of the disaster and area using photos taken from the media and other blogs. (link here)

Nation News (Largest Island Newspaper – main link here)

Lead Story – No Sign Of Life

Engineer’s Analysis – Just A Matter Of Time!

How Events Unfolded

Cavern Still Remains “Dangerously Unstable”

Geologist: Water Cause Of The Collapse

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New Danger At Barbados Cave-In Site – Additional Collapse – Update

Listening to Voice of Barbados radio… approaching 11pm Monday, August 27, 2007

Attorney General Dale Marshall provided briefing which is posted at…

Barbados Apartment Collapse – Day 2 Under The Rubble – RESCUE NOW BODY RECOVERY – New Collapse At Site

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Barbados Apartment Collapse – Thank You To The United States Of America

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Miami Dade Fire Rescue Team – In Harm’s Way For Strangers

The Miami Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Team didn’t have to come to Barbados. They didn’t have to lower themselves into that unknown pit. They didn’t have to crawl around precariously balanced concrete slabs and under tons of rock and marl.

But they did it for the Codrington family – the living and the dead – and they did it for all of us.

They same is true, of course, for our own Barbados emergency personnel – and there will be time enough for the rest of our lives to thank them on the street, in church or at the beach.

For now though, I’d like to thank the United States of America and the Miami Dade Fire Rescue team.

Many folks like to kick around the Americans, and that goes for some in our own government as well. But the Americans seldom say no when asked for assistance – and never say no when lives are in the balance.

There’s not a whole lot we can do except to say “thanks”, but I can assure you that any American sitting beside me for the next long while will never have to stand themselves a drink.

Thanks, America.

See Barbados Underground for a YouTube movie of how bad it is in that hole.

Also see WPTV Florida Television for a profile of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue team (link here)

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