It was a bittersweet weekend: On Saturday a division of the task force, along with CNN's Anderson Cooper, were flagged down by a woman who said her 10-year-old daughter, Laika, had been trapped beneath the rubble of a daycare center. As CNN cameras broadcasted the rescue attempt live, L.A. county rescuers used three dogs and a sensitive listening device in attempts to locate and free the girl. Tapping was reportedly heard, but it stopped, and after eight hours of trying the crews pulled out.
The latest rescue in Port-au-Prince was reported 7 a.m. eastern time as a "31-year-old victim was found pinned to her mattress, beneath her apartment complex, with minimal initial apparent injuries" following an overnight marathon operations to save her, the department reported.
Two sisters, 19 and 20, were rescued there Sunday. On Saturday a 30-year-old trapped from the waist down in rubble was freed by county crews. And, the same day, a 50-year-old was pulled relatively unharmed from a collapsed bank.
The 72-member county task force is also known as USA-2 and is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Arriving on Thursday, it was one of the first American urban search and rescue squads in Haiti following Tuesday's disasterous 7.0 earthquake.