A woman, amongst these lacking from the Champlain Towers South collapse, was on the phone with her husband moments after an outside swimming pool caved after which the road went lifeless.
Image: Cassondra Stratton (through Instagram)
Rescuers nonetheless haven’t discovered Cassondra “Cassie” Billedeau-Stratton, 40, who was staying on the fourth ground of the doomed Surfside, Florida condominium complicated, when she frantically referred to as her husband and described the huge sink gap beneath their fourth-ground unit that had as soon as been the building’s swimming pool.
Stratton final noticed his spouse, a local of Kenner, Louisiana, on Monday of final week when he left south Florida for a enterprise journey to Washington, D.C.
“I was in Washington, on the phone with her when the whole thing happened, 1:30 a.m.,” Stratton advised NBC News on Monday.
Stratton stated he is pinning his hopes on search-and-rescue teams from Israel, as they dig by way of rubble.
“Nothing new, they’re just working hard, digging more,” Stratton stated of the on-going search efforts on Monday afternoon. “These Israeli guys are like excavation commandos and they’re doing their thing.”
He added: “They got a lot of people out there digging and scraping and all of that.”
Stratton is a outstanding Democratic political consultant and the couple is based in Colorado however they spent a lot of the pandemic quarantined at their Surfside condominium.
“She was the most fun, vivacious person you could ever imagine,” Stratton told the Miami Herald. “She was full of life, we were always doing something. There are so many interesting places to go in Miami and we took it all in.”
Friends and kinfolk of the lacking Louisiana native stated they’re nonetheless holding hope regardless of the times which have passed by.
“She is still missing in the rubble of the collapsed building on Florida. Please send her all the love, positive energy, warrior energy, survival and fighting energy you can muster,” buddy Rashonda Gregory wrote on her Facebook web page on Friday night time. “I’m still holding out hope that she is alive in there.”