Authorities switch from search & rescue to recovery at site of Hard Rock collapse

Jim Hanzo
October 16, 2019 - 9:09 pm

Five days since the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel that was under construction at Rampart and Canal Streets, officials have switched from search and rescue mode to a recovery mission.

Officials on Wednesday have now abandoned any hope that a missing construction worker survived the Hard Rock Hotel’s violent collapse.  The apparent death toll has now been brought to three.

The following is a statement that may be attributed to Kurt Zeringue, President of Regional Mechanical Services, LLC:

In this time of tragedy, there are no words to convey our feelings of sorrow. Our hearts and prayers are with the crew members and the families of everyone impacted by this tragedy.

Quinnyon J. Wimberly was a valued member of our team and his loss will be felt in perpetuity. His passion, reliability, and energetic nature was known and enjoyed by everyone he met. Our hearts go out to his family as well as to the families of Jose Ponce Arreola and Anthony Magrette.

Our focus at this point is to continue to support Quinnyon’s family as well as our affected team members. 

We want to thank the first responders for their quick actions, and we want to thank the community for the outpouring of support we have received.

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