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Search continues at Didcot Power Station

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The families of the three people missing after the partial building collapse at Didcot A Power Station have visited the site.

One person died after the collapse of the 10-storey building at the disused power station in Oxfordshire on Tuesday. As well as the three missing, five were taken to hospital.

Today heavy engineering, cranes and lifting equipment is arriving on site. Officers are liaising with structural engineers, demolition experts, ‎urban search and rescue specialists and local authority building control officers. 

Birmingham-based Coleman Group has been working with Npower since 2012 on proposals to demolish Didcot A, a dual-fired power station that opened in 1970 and closed in 2013.

Supported by police and fire services, the families of the three missing workers were able to talk about the search operation during the visit yesterday.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said yesterday it was ‘highly unlikely’ the missing people are alive. He said: “We remain committed and determined to return the missing people to their families, and work continues overnight.

“We are working with structural engineers and demolition experts to establish a safe way of working on site. In addition the military is supporting the search for the missing people. They will be using a mini remote control vehicle to assist with the search for survivors at the site.

This provides us with enhanced capability and their equipment and expertise will be invaluable.”

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “We are continuing to work with the Health and Safety Executive and all the emergency services to understand the cause of this incident.”

Of the five patients brought to the John Radcliffe Hospital, four have now been discharged. The other patient is in a stable condition.

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