Remains recovered from New Orleans hotel, almost 10 months after collapse


Ruins of the 58 metre Hard Rock Hotel which collapsed during construction and remained untouched for months on 11th March 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. On October 12, 2019, the under-construction building partially collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens of others. As of 2020, the building site remains in its partially collapsed state, including with the bodies of two deceased workers. Government officials are debating the project’s future and potential culpability of various people and organizations involved. (photo by Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images)

(CNN) — The remains of a construction worker have been recovered from the collapsed Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Saturday, 10 months after the disaster.

Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, was one of three construction workers killed in October, though only one body was recovered at the time.

Wimberly’s family was at the wreckage site Saturday while his remains were extracted, officials said.

“This has been a long journey, but the longest journey has been for the families mostly impacted by this collapse,” Cantrell said.

A stretcher-like bucket attached to a crane carried down the the remains, video from CNN affiliate WDSU shows.

“Words really cannot even describe what it felt like to see the bucket come down,” Cantrell said.

She said she has spoken to Wimberly’s family weekly and, at times, daily since his death.

The body of Jose Ponce Arreola, 63, will be removed next, Cantrell said.

The structure on the edge of the French Quarter partially collapsed on October 12, 2019, killing three and injuring dozens.

Recovery teams were unable to reach the two remaining bodies because the collapsed building was unstable.

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