Missing Workers In Baltimore Bridge Collapse Presumed Dead

March 27, 2024

Based on the length of time that we’ve gone on this search, the extensive search efforts that we’ve put into it, the water temperature, at this point we do not believe that we’re going to find any of these individuals still alive.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath on Tuesday evening calling off search-and-rescue efforts for six construction workers that went missing after a cargo ship hit a bridge in Baltimore, Maryland. Efforts to recover their remains began on Wednesday.

Why It Matters: After the Francis Scott Key bridge collapsed into the water in the early hours of Tuesday morning, officials sought to rescue construction workers who had been on the bridge at the time of the ship’s impact. On Tuesday evening, officials presumed six construction workers dead; two had been rescued. The cargo ship that smashed into the bridge has been deemed an accident, according to preliminary findings; an investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board is ongoing. Officials said crew on the ship sent out a “mayday” warning before the collision, which helped save lives as workers were given time to stop some traffic from traveling onto the bridge.

Read More: Missing workers in Key Bridge collapse presumed dead, search called off: Live updates (USA Today)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas