One family said it received 16 calls from their grandparents’ home phone, stuck with little hope in the collapsed Surfside condo building, one of 156 who had not been rescued for a while. Rescuers are still searching for the wreckage.
Arnie and Myriam Notkin live on the third floor in the south wing of an inexplicable 12-story building. collapse early Thursday morning
Since then, their nephew, Jake Samuelson, said his mother had received a call from Notkins’ home phone that they had placed next to their bed.
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“We are trying to rationalize what is happening here. We are trying to find answers,” Samuelson told WPLG.
Samuelson said his grandparent’s number has appeared 16 times on his mother’s phone caller ID since Thursday, according to WPLG. The first call was reported at 9:50 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Nearly 20 hours after the building collapsed to the ground.
When Samuelson’s family returned from the national center on Friday morning, They were shocked to find 15 more calls from Notkins by caller number, WPLG reported.
But the call back did not find a human voice on the other side. There was only a still sound. Samuelson told the station.
“We were all sitting there in the living room. My whole family, Diane, my mom,” he recalls, “we were just shocked and we didn’t think about it because we answered and it was quiet.”
Arnie Notkin, 87, is known locally as a physical education teacher and trainer at several Miami Beach schools. His wife, 81, Myriam, is a banker and real estate agent.
LIVE UPDATE: Surfside collapse death toll rises to at least 5
The family hasn’t received any further calls since Friday night, according to WPLG.
on sunday morning Officials have raised the death toll to nine. Four of them were identified as Stacie Dawn Fang, 54; Antonio Lozano, 83, and Gladys Lozano, 79; and Manuel Lafont, 54.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that rescuers were not confronted. “Resource issues [but] We are having a problem with luck.”
“They are here in real places. All the way from Mexico and even Israel,” Burkett said.
But he added that “We could have spent a bit more luck.”