Lacking Florida girl was on cellphone with husband, as constructing got here crumbling down

A girl, amongst these lacking from the Champlain Towers South collapse, was on the cellphone together with her husband moments after an out of doors swimming pool caved after which the road went useless.

Cassondra Stratton.by way of 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 known as her husband and described the large sink gap beneath their fourth-floor unit that had as soon as been the constructing’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 used to be in Washington, on the cellphone together with her when the entire thing occurred, 1:30 a.m.,” Stratton instructed NBC Information on Monday.

Stratton mentioned he is pinning his hopes on search-and-rescue groups from Israel, as they dig by means of rubble.

“Nothing new, they’re simply working arduous, digging extra,” Stratton mentioned of the on-going search efforts on Monday afternoon. “These Israeli guys are like excavation commandos and so they’re doing their factor.”

He added: “They obtained lots of people on the market digging and scraping and all of that.”

Stratton is a distinguished Democratic political guide and the couple is predicated in Colorado however they spent a lot of the pandemic quarantined at their Surfside condominium.

“She was probably the most enjoyable, vivacious particular person you might ever think about,” Stratton instructed the Miami Herald. “She was energetic, we had been all the time doing one thing. There are such a lot of fascinating locations to go in Miami and we took all of it in.”

Pals and relations of the lacking Louisiana native mentioned they’re nonetheless holding hope regardless of the times which have passed by.

“She remains to be lacking within the rubble of the collapsed constructing on Florida. Please ship her all of the love, constructive vitality, warrior vitality, survival and combating vitality you’ll be able to muster,” good friend Rashonda Gregory wrote on her Fb web page on Friday night time. “I’m nonetheless holding out hope that she is alive in there.”

Bianca Britton contributed.

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