Thursday, January 21, 2010
Reports to south Florida's Lynn University indicate that search and rescue operations continue on the site of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where a 23 year-old student remains missing at this time. The ongoing search and rescue efforts being made just don't seem like enough for her parents but new reports indicate that the resources allotted to that effort today appear to be somewhat diminished from yesterday. Lieutenant Arnold Pierdahita from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team says the Haiti relief efforts are unlike anything he has seen.
His task force, currently in Haiti helping the search and recovery efforts, faces many obstacles when determining how to search for missing people like 23 year old Courtney Hayes. Pierdahita says its not just about population density when deciding how to search for missing and displaced people.
One University of Florida parent is glad his son made it back home safely without injury or being missing. Valeri Safiullin's son Roman went missing after the initial earthquake. His son, a current student at the University of Florida's Document Institute, was missing along with Jon Bougher for some time. Safiullin says he was in desbelief.
Saffulin also extends his best wishes to family members and friends of victims missing in Haiti.
Pierdahita worked in relief efforts in the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. He says the procedures are different in Haiti.
Search operations also continue this morning in the Dominican Republic, where Lynn University staff continue searching hospitals and transportation centers for news regarding the missing four students and two faculty members.