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Royal Caribbean hosting first responders on cruise ship near Surfside Towers building collapse site

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As rescuers continue to rush to South Florida from all over the World to help with the 12-story Surfside Towers building collapse there was a lack of available nearby hotels and housing due to the July 4th holiday weekend. Royal Caribbean offered its help and began hosting first responders on board the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship now docked in the Port of Miami. The port is conveniently located just 8 miles south of the disaster site.

“This tragedy in our own backyard is heart-wrenching,” said Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group’s chairman and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the families and our whole community, and our thanks go out to the hardworking search and rescue teams. Providing them shelter is a small way to show our support.”

Royal Caribbean will be providing individual staterooms, hot meals, laundry service, and Wi-Fi free to all first responders. The ship will likely continue to house rescuers for the next month.

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Hundreds of workers, including teams from as far off as Israel and Germany, have been sifting through the rubble in Surfside since the building collapsed early in the morning on June 24, 2021.

“More than 440 USAR members from New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana are on the ground in Surfside to help supplement the search and rescue efforts. The ship is already paying dividends, and will accommodate hundreds of newly arrived urban search and rescue workers.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

Plans for demolition of the remaining portion of the building complex that still stands were accelerated as Tropical Storm Elsa loomed.


 
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