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The bodies of two of the six missing workers have been recovered

The bodies of two of the six missing workers have been recovered

Thanks to the container ship's data recorder, investigators were able to provide a detailed timeline of the accident that led to the destruction of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.


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Container ship "Dolly" Under the ruins of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Baltimore (USA) on March 27, 2024.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Concerns confirmed. The bodies of two of the six workers who were presumed dead after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore (in the United States) were recovered on Wednesday, March 27, local authorities announced.

“Divers found a red truck at a depth of about 7.6 meters”Police in Maryland, the state where Baltimore is located, made the announcement during a press conference. “The two victims of the tragedy were prisoners of the vehicle.” The recovered bodies were identified as those of two men, ages 35 and 26, from Mexico and Guatemala, who were part of a crew of workers on the Francis Scott Key Bridge roadway when the accident occurred.

The bodies of four of their colleagues, who are presumed dead, are yet to be found. But especially because of the amount of concrete and debris, “Divers can no longer navigate their way safely” towards “We think they're car bombs.”, a Maryland police official said. So rescuers will try to remove the structure from the water.

The timeline of the crash was reconstructed

The container ship's data recorder was also recovered, allowing the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to provide a detailed timeline of the tragedy. The DollyThe 300-meter-long and 48-meter-wide ship, flying the Singaporean flag, left the port of Baltimore at 12:39 pm local time (04:39 GMT) on Tuesday for Asia.

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At 1:24 a.m. local time, alarms on the ship began to sound, indicating propulsion problems. The pilot radioed port authorities that the vessel was heading for the bridge and requested the tugboats' intervention. Due to the work two crews from the local transport authority on the bridge were called for assistance. The latter closed all traffic lanes, thus probably saving lives.

Then, at 1:29 p.m., the ship's recorder registered “Sounds Similar to Conflict”. The crew tried in vain to lower the anchor and slow the ship's course. Officials have said that it was an accident in the initial investigation.

The Dolly East “fixed” Peter Gautier, head of the Coast Guard, assured Wednesday that the 5.6 billion liters of diesel and a handful of containers containing hazardous materials do not pose a risk to the environment or the public. Out of the total 4,700 containers, two containers fell into the water.

Operated by shipping company Synergy Group and chartered by Danish shipping company Marsal. The Port Authority of Singapore said on Wednesday that it completed two inspections in 2023 and corrected a faulty fuel pressure monitoring gauge in June. Chilean authorities reported a fault with the ship's engine in 2023, which they said was quickly fixed.