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Baltimore bridge collapse: Wife of survivor says it’s a ‘miracle’ her husband survived because he can’t swim

Wife of one of eight construction workers who were on Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed says ‘it’s a miracle he survived’ because he can’t swim .

Julio Cervantes was on the 1.6-mile-long structure when it crashed into the Patapsco River after being struck by a massive container ship in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Mr. Cervantes and another man were rescued the same day.

The rescue mission turned into a recovery operation when they were presumed dead on Tuesday evening. The bodies of two of them were found on Wednesday while the other four have still not been found.

Mr Cervantes’ wife, who did not want to give her name, told Sky News’ US partner network NBC News: “All the men were on a break in their car when the boat hit.

“We don’t know if they were warned before the impact… My husband doesn’t know how to swim. It’s a miracle he survived.”

It emerged after the disaster that personnel on board the ship were able to alert the Maryland Department of Transportation that they had lost control of their vessel.

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New angle shows moment bridge was hit

This allowed local authorities to approach the bridge before it was struck, with US President Joe Biden saying it “undoubtedly saved lives”.

Mr. Cervantes was taken to hospital on Tuesday with a chest injury and was released the same day.

The other rescued worker was in good condition and refused treatment.

The remains of Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, 35, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, were found Wednesday morning in Baltimore Harbor.

They were found in a red truck stuck under 25 feet of water near what was once the middle of the bridge.

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Mr. Cervantes’ wife said her brother-in-law was one of two men whose bodies were found, but she did not give his name.

She said her entire family is of Mexican descent and her nephew is among those still missing.

“We haven’t been able to sleep, waiting to find out if they’re going to find a loved one,” she said.

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Momentary bridge collapses after being hit by ship

This came as Maryland Governor Wes Moore warned of a “very long road ahead” to recover from the loss of the bridge, with the Biden administration approving $60 million in immediate federal aid. of dollars.

Huge barges carrying cranes are removing twisted metal and concrete as a first step toward reopening a key shipping route blocked by the wreckage.

Mr Moore promised that “the best minds in the world” were working on plans to clean up the debris, move the cargo ship that hit the bridge from the canal, recover the bodies of the four remaining workers presumed dead and investigate what happened. wasn’t going.

An investigation into the causes of the accident and subsequent bridge collapse is underway by the National Transportation Safety Board. This is expected to take up to two years.

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