U.S. Army Corps Share Sonar Images Of Sunken Remains Of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge

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A new stance of the remains of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge depicts the magnitude of the ongoing salvage and recovery mission in the Patapsco River.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy released sonar images of the bridge beneath the surface. These images demonstrated the wreckage in the deepest part of the shipping channel crucial to the Port of Baltimore.

Marine access continues to be restricted to the Port of Baltimore.

Two temporary passages were developed for smaller commercial and essential vessels and barges.

The 14-foot channel along the south of the catastrophe site and the 11-foot channel along the northeast side permit restricted marine vessels to access the port.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leading the salvage action.

It explained that it plans to remove the metal framework above the waterline by the end of this month, creating a 35-foot-deep by 280-foot-wide access channel for larger vessels like marine tugs, Maritime Administration vessels, and some cargo vessels.

Six men lost their lives in the collapse more than two weeks back, but three of the bodies stay unrecovered.

The relevant authorities believe they could be trapped in the wreckage, but safe recovery endeavours take time.

There is now an established general area of where the victims could be. According to Roberto Conception, the U.S. Coast Guard Commander, the complex operation needs extensive surveying.

Since there is a lot of debris under the waterline, they also want to ensure the safety of the first responders.

Officials were able to recover the body of a 38-year-old individual named Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval on Friday morning, a week after two of the bodies had been recovered from a vehicle underwater.

Most of the people were immigrants, but everyone was from Maryland, President Biden mentioned on Friday during his visit to Baltimore.

They were hardworking, selfless, and strong. While working a night shift fixing potholes, they were taking a break when the vessel struck.

Reference: CBSNews, FoxNews

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