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2nd Canadian victim of Florida condo collapse identified


A second Canadian victim of a Florida condo collapse has been identified as Miguel Pazos, sources tell CBC News.

Pazos was 55 years old. The body was recovered on Thursday, the sources said.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed Saturday that the bodies of two Canadians have been recovered from the collapse, and at least two other citizens remain unaccounted for.

“Canada sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost a loved one,” spokesperson Grantly Franklin said in a statement.

The death toll from the collapse now stands at 86, with 43 people still missing after the Champlain Towers South condominium building fell on June 24. Local officials say there is no longer hope of finding anyone alive in the rubble.

“Canadian consular officials in Miami are providing direct support to the families of the deceased and to the families of the unaccounted individuals and are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” Franklin said.

WATCH | Work at site of condo collapse moves to recovery phase:

The search for possible survivors in the collapse of a condo in Surfside, Fla., has ended, says Daniella Levine Cava, the mayor of Miami-Dade County. ‘We have truly exhausted every option,’ she said. The mission is now in the recovery phase. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP) 0:55

1st Canadian victim found on Monday

The first Canadian victim identified was Ingrid Ainsworth, formerly of Montreal.

The 66-year-old was found with her Australian husband, Tzvi, also deceased, on Monday by search-and-rescue crews, sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBC News.

The couple had seven children and were celebrating the birth of two grandchildren. Their son in South Africa recently had a baby and their son in Florida had a baby just days ago, their niece Chana Harrel told The Associated Press.



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