A person, whose fate is still undetermined, was retrieved by a rescue team from a collapsed apartment building in Gwangju on Thursday, The Korea Herald reported.
The still-unidentified male victim was found close to the first basement floor’s stairs handrail. The building he was in collapsed, trapping him in rubbers and iron wires.
The man could be among the six persons left missing when the building collapsed Tuesday.
The workers who were unaccounted for were said to be on the 28th to 34th floors of the building when the collapse happened.
Rescue operations can take a long time, according to officials, as a crane that can help the process could only reach the site if the front space in the building gets clear from the debris.
Three workers – one of them with injuries – were rescued after the collapse.
Meanwhile, the chief supervisors in the construction site are being investigated over industrial workplace safety rules charges, the labor ministry said.
The construction project’s main contractor, Hyundai Development Co. (HDC) can also be temporarily prohibited in the public construction projects of the city, Gwangju said.
“Gwangju will review legal ways to prohibit HDC from joining projects pursued by the city for a certain period of time,” said Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-su.