Complex Didcot recovery operation set to take ‘many weeks’
Emergency services in Oxfordshire have said that it will take “many, many weeks” to complete the recovery operation at Didcot A Power Station, where three people are still missing following the partial collapse of a building being demolished.
The families of people missing since last week’s incident have now returned home. “The recovery of the bodies and site investigation will be a very complex operation and I envisage it will be many, many weeks before it is completed,” said assistant chief constable Scott Chilton. “We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish the cause of the incident.”
The instability of the structure has hampered search and rescue efforts (link opens in new tab).
An update from the county council says that the emergency services continue to work closely together to establish how best to recover the bodies of the three people and maintain the safety of everyone involved in the operation on a highly unstable site.
Chief fire officer Dave Etheridge added: “Our thoughts very much continue to be with the families of those who have lost their lives and I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to return their loved ones to them. I believe the emergency service teams working on site are the best in the world and know they are using their experience and expertise to the limits.”
Will Hancock, chief executive of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), said: “I would like to thank the many SCAS staff who attended the incident at Didcot A Power Station last week and who triaged and treated over 50 casualties, before taking five people to hospital. Our Hazardous Area Response Team has remained on site since the collapse and we continue to provide support to the recovery teams carrying out their difficult task.”
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This article was published on 2 Mar 2016 (last updated on 3 Mar 2016).