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Sinkhole swallows Quebec home, four missing
MONTREAL -- Rescue workers have been given the go-ahead to go back on to unstable ground to search for a family of four missing since Monday night when a huge sinkhole opened up and the family's home sank into it in St. Jude, about 77 kilometres northeast of Montreal near St. Hyacinthe.
"The rescue workers are firefighters trained in the rescue of people in very tight spaces," explained Surêté du Québec spokesperson Ronald McInnis. Search-and-rescue dogs are being used to enter the home, which is precariously tilted on an angle and partly covered by grey earth.
No sign of family missing in Que. landslide
SAINT-JUDE, Que. — The search for a family of four who presumably were in their rural Quebec home when it plummeted into a large landslide Monday night, continued Tuesday with no immediate sign of survivors.
But rescuers have located a dog, believed to be one of the two the family owned.
Crews were busy working to drain water, sand and mud from the home in order to facilitate access.
The earth opened up on the pastoral farmland on the banks of the Yamaska River, approximately 77 kilometres northeast of Montreal Monday night.
Rescue workers northeast of Montreal are pulling the father of a family of four from the basement of a home that was swallowed by a sinkhole, but they would not confirm whether he was alive or dead.
Rescuers find man in Que. home hit by landslide
SAINT-JUDE, Que. — On Tuesday night, rescue workers northeast of Montreal were pulling the father of a family of four from the basement of a home that was swallowed by a gigantic sinkhole Monday, but they would not confirm whether he was alive or dead.
A confined spaces rescue team made the discovery around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Rescuers said they had not got to the other family members, the man's wife, Line, and the couple's two children.
"It is a male victim. The rescuers are frenetically working to extract the victim from the rubble. It's too early to establish his condition. a physician is there with the firefighters and the paramedics."
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
All four have been confirmed dead now
Very sad news indeed
[edit on 11/5/2010 by OzWeatherman]