Baltimore bridge collapse: All crew of container ship are Indians, says company

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In a tragic incident, the iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed into the Patapsco River on Tuesday after being struck by a cargo ship named “Dali.” This disaster marks one of several notable incidents in the United States.

The entire 22-member crew of the cargo ship that struck a major bridge in Baltimore, causing it to snap and plunge into the river below are Indians.

The Singapore-flagged container ship, owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd, collided with one of the pillars of the bridge at approximately 1:30 am local time. The ship, outbound from Baltimore to Colombo, underwent two overseas inspections in 2023, according to the Singapore Port Authority.

All 22 crew members aboard the cargo ship were Indian nationals. The collision resulted in the complete collapse of the bridge, reminiscent of a deck of cards crumbling. 

Tragically, six construction workers who fell from the Patapsco River during the collapse are presumed dead, as per Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath.

Despite extensive search efforts, which included rescue teams scouring the frigid waters, the likelihood of finding the missing workers alive diminished due to the harsh conditions and the passage of time since the accident. The collapse occurred approximately 30 minutes after the Dali set sail on its 27-day journey to Sri Lanka.

As rescue operations transition into a different phase, authorities continue to assess the aftermath of the bridge collapse, highlighting the need for enhanced safety measures and vigilance to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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