August 17, 2018 / 11:22 AM / 3 months ago

Firefighters have not lost hope of finding miracle survivor in Genoa

A section of the collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen above, from the "red zone" restricted area in Genoa, Italy August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

GENOA (Reuters) - More than a long shot, it would be a miracle.

But firefighters lifting away tons of rubble from the Genoa bridge collapse have not given up hope of finding someone alive three days after the disaster that killed at least 38 people.

One of the rescuers, Stefano Zanut, said there was still the possibility that someone might be trapped alive in what he called “a triangle of survival” - where rubble or beams form a protective cover.

“We are working in synchronisation with earth moving equipment and sniffer dogs,” Zanut told Reuters at the site.

“We are trying to find points where we can penetrate this incredibly heavy rubble. Then the earth-moving equipment moves in to create an opening from where the dogs enter,” said Zanut, one of some 340 firefighters working shifts at the scene since Tuesday.

So far, there has been no sign of life under the mountains of debris.

Officials estimate that between 10 and 20 people are missing and may be under the rubble.

Zanut and his colleagues hope at least one of them may be still alive.

Reporting By Ilaria Polleschi, Writing by Philip Pullella, Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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