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Rescue crews on Weedon Island continue searching for missing welder

ST. PETERSBURG — Crews plan to try again today to find the body of a 65-year-old welder who was helping dismantle an old power plant on Weedon Island when it collapsed Thursday night and trapped him inside.

Crews switched from a rescue to a recovery mission Saturday evening, and said they will focus on retrieving Clark White's body.

Crews searched Sunday and felt they were looking in the right area before calling the search off for the day around 6 p.m. They planned to resume at 8 a.m. today.

White was part of a team preparing a large boiler structure for a controlled collapse. But it came down prematurely.

White, a father, grandfather and Army veteran, warned crew members — including his son, Travis, 31 — before the structure collapsed, his family said.

Rescue crews on Weedon Island continue searching for missing welder 06/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 12, 2011 9:46pm]
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