Bodies of Australian couple pulled from collapsed Miami building

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Sydney's Jewish community is mourning the death of an Australian man and his wife who died in a building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

The bodies of an Australian man and his wife are among the latest to be pulled from the rubble of the apartment building, taking the official death toll to 28.

Miami Dade Police on Tuesday formally identified Ingrid and Tzvi Ainsworth as victims of the Champlain Towers South building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

The couple, aged 66 and 68, were found in the wreckage on Monday. They had moved to the US four years ago after spending nearly 20 years living in Australia.

Miami-Dade police identified the bodies of Tzvi Ainsworth (far left) and Ingrid “Itty” Ainsworth (far right) in the rubble  on Monday. Source: Facebook
Miami-Dade police identified the bodies of Tzvi Ainsworth (far left) and Ingrid “Itty” Ainsworth (far right) in the rubble on Monday. Source: Facebook

The Australian Jewish News Facebook page posted a tribute to the couple.

"It is with immense sadness this morning that we report Tzvi and Itty Ainsworth, a beloved couple who lived in Australia for nearly 20 years, are among the people confirmed killed in the Florida building collapse disaster," it said.

"The AJN's thoughts and prayers are with their family at this time."

Another 117 people remained missing 11 days after the 12-storey residential building collapsed.

A search-and-rescue effort has continued almost around the clock, pausing only for bad weather, dangerous shifting of the rubble, and the demolition.

Rescue workers handle a tarp containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Monday. Source: AP
Rescue workers handle a tarp containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Monday. Source: AP

Roughly half of the condominium building came tumbling down early in the morning on June 24 and rescue workers were kept away from the unstable half that remained standing for their own safety.

Rescuers have now begun searching through fresh rubble after the last of the building was demolished, allowing crews to scour previously inaccessible places.

Four more victims — including the Ainsworths — were discovered in the new accessible pile, Miami-Dade police say, raising the death toll to 28 people.

No one has been found alive since the first hours after the collapse.

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