After 33 hours trapped beneath the building, rescue teams were able to retrieve her.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 rescue teams saw a girl move her hands amidst the rubble of what was once the Colegio Rébsamen school, where 21 children and four adults lost their lives. Hours later, one of the rescue workers spoke to her. A voice answered back saying she was 12 years old and that her name was Frida Sofía. From that moment, the work intensified with one message being constantly said: No rest when there is life.
It was almost 33 hours since Frida had been caught under the rubble, when it was confirmed that there were 5 more people with her. Her story has been shown all over the different news channels around the world, as a symbol of the rescue efforts by the Topos Rescue Brigades organization.
Early this morning, however, a teacher was found and rescued, unfortunately deceased. This was the “Frida” everyone was waiting for. Meanwhile, outside the school, there was a curious situation that caught the attention of volunteers and reporters alike: there was no parent waiting for their children, either for Frida or the five other classmates she claimed to be with.
Soon after, other teachers claimed that there was no Frida in the school roster. Every student named Sofia had already been transferred to a hospital.
Aurelio Nuño, Secretary of Public Education, confirmed the confusion: “The Navy, Federal Police, and myself have not been able to contact any parents or family members of Frida Sofia. There might have been a confusion with the name.”
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According to Canal 40, who is transmitting live, the confusion happened when the first contact was made. The rescue worker told her he’d give her a name to continue talking with her. He gave her the name Frida, which eventually turned into Frida Sofia.
As of now, rescue teams are still hoping to find more children as soon as possible.
Translated by María Suárez