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Two our bodies have been recovered from the Patapsco river, after six lacking males went lacking following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore.

The annoucement was made at a press convention on Wednesday afternoon, held by personnel from the US Coast Guard, Maryland Department of Transportation and state Governor Wes Moore.

Rescue operations had been known as off on Tuesday evening when Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath mentioned there was no hope of discovering the boys, who had been engaged on the bridge on the time of the collision, alive as a result of frigid water and the size of time for the reason that accident.

Colonel Roland L Butler, superintendent of the Maryland Department of State Police, confirmed the information in the course of the press convention, including that operations have now been reclassified from search and restoration, to “salvage recovery efforts”.

“The Maryland State Police along with the water recovery teams supported by state, local and federal partners made a tragic finding shortly before 10am,” he mentioned.

“Divers located a red pickup truck submerged and approximately 25 feet of water in the area of the middle span of the bridge. Divers recovered two victims of this tragedy trapped within the vehicle.”

The households of the 2 people have been knowledgeable. They had been additionally named by Sup. Butler as Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, of Baltimore, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, of Dundalk – each development staff.

One of the indivduals was recognized by a drivers license in his pocket, and the opposite by a fingerprint, Sup. Butler mentioned.

The actual reason for the crash within the early hours of Tuesday is unknown

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He continued: “Knowing the gravity of this, we provided [the families] with a list of resources that they can refer to, and refer their friends and family to at this point.

“Based upon the conditions we’re now moving from a recovery mode to a salvage operation because of the superstructure surrounding the vehicle, what we believe are the vehicles and the amount of concrete and debris, divers are no longer able able to safely navigate or operate.

“The areas around this wreckage, and based on sonar scans, we firmly believe that the vehicles are encased in the superstructure and concrete that we tragically saw come down.”

Those presumed deceased are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, in keeping with authorities.

Two survivors had been beforehand pulled from the river. One was transported to a trauma unit and is in a critical situation, whereas the opposite had not reportedly suffered any accidents.

Sonar expertise has detected that a number of automobiles had been additionally thrown off the bridge and submerged within the water.

Baltimore metropolis mayor Brandon Scott beforehand described the incident as an ‘unthinkable tragedy’


The actual reason for the crash within the early hours of Tuesday, which has been described by authorities as a “ developing mass casualty incident,” continues to be unknown.

At round 1.30am ET native time, the Singapore-flagged vessel Dali rammed right into a column on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, main a number of components of the 1.6 mile-long bridge to tumble into the water. It was simply half-hour into its 27-day journey to Sri Lanka.

The container ship is believed to have “lost propulsion” because it left Baltimore port, with the crew alerting Maryland officers that they had misplaced management of the just about 300-metre-long vessel and {that a} collision was doable, ABC News reported. Governor Moore beforehand famous that this warning name saved lives.

At Wednesday’s briefing, Governor Moore mentioned: “The collapse of the Key bridge is not just a Maryland crisis. The collapse of the Key bridge is a global crisis. The national economy and the global economy depends on the Port of Baltimore.”

Baltimore metropolis mayor Brandon Scott beforehand described the incident as an “unthinkable tragedy.”

“We have to be thinking about the families and people impacted, folks who we have to try to find,” Mr Scott mentioned.

“This is what our focus should be on right now, we’re going to continue to work in partnership with every part of government to do everything we can to get us through the other side of this tragedy.”