Christchurch earthquake - Work resumes at CTV building

Christchurch earthquake - Work resumes at CTV building

National News

Urban Search and Rescue teams and the Fire Service resumed work at the collapsed CTV building last night some hours after safety risks forced the temporary suspension of rescue efforts.

Police received advice from USAR yesterday (Wednesday, 23 February) that the damage caused to the building meant the likelihood of any survivors was low. However, search and rescue operations continued until approx 1.30pm when safety risks with the Grand Chancellor Hotel became apparent and teams had to pull out.

Later in the evening teams were able to resume work on the site. The work is a recovery operation as more survivors are not expected, but the teams always remain hopeful.

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