A section of the Royalton Hotel, formerly Grand Lido which is under construction on the Hanover side of Negril collapsed this morning.
At around 5 this morning, the three story concrete structure collapsed, leaving several construction workers trapped under the rubble.
Deputy Superintendent at the Hanover Police, Ainsley McCarthy says no one was killed and the men were eventually rescued.
DSP McCarthy says he could not say whether a representative of the hotel was on the site.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Gary Morgan in charge of the Jamaica Fire Brigade Emergency Medical Service says the rescued men were not seriously injured.
He says the last man to be rescued was immediately rushed to hospital.
And, a construction worker who spoke with our news centre at the accident site expressed displeasure with the pace of rescue efforts.
The construction of the hotel was the source of contention last year, after it was closed in February and demolished amid plans by the new owner, Blue Diamond Hotel Group, to triple the size of the property.
The Jamaica Institute of Architects and Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, raised concerns about the development’s potential impact on Negril’s eco-balance.
The over-500 room luxury all-inclusive resort was set to open this November under the Royalton Resorts brand.
And Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has dispatched a high level team from the Ministry to visit the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa, where a section of the building collapsed this morning.
The Minister who is overseas on official business, says he’s very concerned about the safety and well being of the construction workers.
The Ministry’s emergency response team is expected to assess the situation and determine whatever assistance is needed.
The team is being led by the Ministry of Tourism’s Senior Director of Technical Services, David Dobson and includes Chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company TPDCo, Ian Dear, Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook, and other government officials.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz is also at the construction site.