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After ship hits Baltimore bridge, mapping how the collapse unfolded

Two bodies were found in a red pickup truck in 50-foot-deep water beneath the middle span of the Francis Scott Key Bridge near Baltimore Wednesday. The search continues for four other workers who are still missing and presumed dead after a cargo ship struck a bridge support Tuesday, sending the main span into the Patapsco River.

Rescue efforts became recovery operations after the U.S. Coast Guard called off its search-and-rescue mission Tuesday night for six missing construction workers.

Water temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees, poor visibility, and changing currents in the river are making the search difficult. Recovery operations began early Wednesday.

Read more: Live updates on rescue efforts.

Two people were rescued soon after the bridge span plunged into the water. One was unharmed and the other was in critical condition, said James Wallace, chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department, in a news conference.

Contractors for the Maryland Transportation Authority were repairing potholes on the bridge when it was hit, said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld.

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When did the ship hit the bridge?

The 984-foot container ship Dali left its dock at about 1:04 a.m. Eastern time and rammed the bridge’s southern pillar at about 1:27 a.m. Tuesday.

The ship "lost propulsion" as it was leaving port, and its crew notified Maryland officials they had lost control of the vessel, Reuters said, citing ABC News which quoted an unclassified report from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

It was moving at about 8 knots – about 9.2 mph – said Maryland Governor Wes Moore at a news conference Tuesday morning. The ship issued a mayday which enabled officials to halt cars from going across the bridge before the collision.

A pilot, a special navigator who come aboard ships to guide them through waterways and ports, was aboard the Dali. An apprentice pilot was also aboard, as an observer.

Here's what the Dali looks like

Multiple responders, including the , Baltimore fire department, and are at the site. Divers are operating in cold water temperatures of about 48 degrees Fahrenheit, officials said.

U.S. Coast Guard has boats, helicopter on scene

The Coast Guard has three small boats, the 87-foot cutter Mako, and one helicopter on the scene.

The Baltimore office of the FBI said it's unlikely terrorism was involved in the accident. “There is no specific and credible information to suggest any ties to terrorism at this time,” the FBI statement said.

Bridge collapse traps ships in harbor

All four lanes in both directions of the 1.6 mile bridge were closed, thesaid on X early Tuesday.

The bridge, named for the author of the "Star Spangled Banner," is a major link of I-695, the outer crossing of Baltimore Harbor. It opened in 1977 and carried an estimated 12.4 million vehicles in 2023.

The Dali, a Singapore-flagged ship, arrived in Baltimore on March 23. It left port early Tuesday and was heading for Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to VesselFinder.com. The ship is owned by and is managed by Synergy Marine Group, according to Reuters.

Synergy Marine Corp said all of the ship's crew members, including the two pilots, have been accounted for. No injuries were reported aboard the ship.

The Port of Baltimore's private and public terminals handled 847,158 autos and light trucks in 2023, the most of any U.S. port. The port also handles farm and construction machinery, sugar, gypsum and coal, according to a Maryland government website.

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