Gripping recording captures frantic escape from collapsed Florida building
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A chilling voicemail captures a survivor’s terrifying escape from last week’s deadly collapse of a beachfront Florida building, a recording obtained by The Post shows.
“Oh my God!” a shocked Raysa Rodriguez is heard yelling during the recording. “The whole entire building is gone!”
Rodriguez, 59, was sleeping in her ninth-floor condo unit at Champlain Towers South in Surfside early Thursday morning when she was awoken by the thunderous collapse — and walked out into the hellish devastation.
“Anybody over there? Hello?” Rodriguez says in a voicemail she left her brother.
A child is heard screaming in the background.
“Yadi! You got him?” Rodriguez asks.
“Raysa?” a neighbor is heard yelling back. “Let’s leave.”
“Let’s try the stairs but wait, I heard voices,” Rodriguez is heard saying in Spanish. “I gotta check on these guys, this woman.”
She is heard knocking on the door of an 80-year-old neighbor, who she takes with her, along with the other neighbor and her 10-year-old son.
Rodriguez then goes to the stairwell in the building — where she sees the extent of the devastation of the 12-story tower.
“Oh My God!” she’s heard yelling. “What the hell! Oh My God! Yadi, the whole entire building is gone. Yadi! Yadi!”
Rodriguez, who filed a class-action lawsuit against the building’s condo association this week, led the group of survivors to a second-floor balcony and were able to climb to safety on a ladder hoisted by firefighters.
Her lawsuit was the third filed over the building’s collapse.
Her lawyer, Adam Moskowitz, reportedly said Rodriguez was leaving a voice message for her brother and thought she hung up, but hadn’t — and the phone kept recording.
“She was going apartment to apartment because she was nervous that a lot of her neighbors were older and a lot of them couldn’t move and some of them had small children,” Moskowitz told CNN. “She was so nervous she spent 10 or 15 minutes just going apartment to apartment.”
Moskowits said Rodriguez had tried to raise the alarm before, including a 48-second video she shot of leaking pipes in the garage in 2018.
“This is extremely disturbing video that our client recorded in 2018,” Moskowitz said in a statement to The Post Wednesday.
“It was her effort to truly get somebody to listen to her and other residents as they found clear examples that the garage was falling apart,” he said. “No one would look at this video and not think this was a serious problem.”
Authorities said Wednesday that 18 people have been confirmed to have died in the collapse with two children pulled from the rubble, while another 145 are still unaccounted for.
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