An Argentine tourist who was unable to return to the country due to flight restrictions in force since Monday, died after falling from the 14th floor of a building north of Miami-Dade, reported this Tuesday Argentine Weekly.
According to the publication, it would be Gonzalo Says, who was deputy general manager of the Business Development Area of Banco Provincia de Buenos Aires.
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The 47-year-old man fell from the 14th floor of a tower located in Sunny Isles, a few miles north of Bal Harbor.
Sunny Isles is a tourist-heavy residential city located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade County.
The condominium, according to the local newspaper, is known as Ocean Reserve and is located at 19.370 on the traditional avenue Collins Avenue, the same one where the collapsed building stood last Thursday near Miami and that left at least 11 dead and more than 150 missing, according to the latest official reports.
Witnesses cited by the Argentine Weekly Miami residents said the victim and her family planned to return to Argentina on Monday after spending a few days in Florida.
However, they had to postpone the flight because of the Government-imposed restrictions on flights. From Monday only 600 passengers per day can enter the country. It is estimated that there are about 45,000 Argentines abroad who do not know when they will be able to return to the country.
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They investigate the causes of the fall
According to the first versions, the tourist and his family returned that Monday to the Sunny Isles apartment after the cancellation of their flight to Buenos Aires.
The tragedy occurred that same day in the afternoon, around 7 p.m. (local time). The newspaper of the Argentine community of Miami said that the investigators handle two versions.
One is that the man felt decomposed and went out to take a breath on the balcony and fell into the void due to unspecified circumstances. The other claims that a neighbor saw him climb onto the balcony railing and jump into the void.
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Neither version was confirmed by local authorities.
Neighbors rushed to clarify that the balconies of the complex “were under regulation” to avoid any suspicion after the tragedy of the building that collapsed last Thursday and that mourned the city.
After the collapse, the whereabouts of nine Argentines staying in that luxury condominium Champlain Towers South, in the city of Surfside, are still unknown.