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18:48

Dali pilot rushed to drop anchor and pull ship's rudder before the crash, investigators reveal

The pilot of the Dali rushed to drop the vessel’s anchor and attempted to pull the ship as far left as possible moments before colliding with the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The 948ft vessel, a Singaporean-flagged container ship, had a ‘complete blackout’ before Tuesday’s collision in Baltimore, according to one industry expert.

Clay Diamond, executive director of the American Pilots Association, said to CNN that the pilot quickly handed out a string of orders to try to prevent the catastrophe.

These included dropping the anchor and attempting to pull the ship around, as well as calling the dispatch office to shut down traffic to the bridge.

Diamond told the outlet: ‘Those were all the appropriate steps, but it happened so quickly and with so little lead time, neither one of those maneuvers were enough.’

The extreme size of the ship and its proximity to the bridge meant there was little hope in avoiding the devastating collision with the bridge.

17:49

Pete Buttigieg warns anyone found responsible for the Baltimore bridge collapse will be held 'accountable'

Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday there will be ‘accountability’ if an investigation finds there are specific entities or individuals responsible for the Baltimore bridge collapse.

‘The President said yesterday the federal government will pay for the entire cost of rebuilding. But if you find that somebody involved here was responsible, why not have them pay?’ Fox News host Bill Hemmer asked Buttigieg.

Biden’s DOT chief replied: ‘Yeah, there’s no question that if the investigation determines that any private party or parties are responsible, they will be held accountable.’

16:26

Mayor hugs emergency service workers who responded to the bridge collapse

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott shared images from his interactions with workers at the scene.

15:33

Maryland Governor praises the 'absolute heroes' who stopped vehicles approaching the bridge in the moments before it collapsed

‘These first responders are absolute heroes, because the of actions that they did, they saved lives that night,’ Governor Wes Moore told Good Morning America. 

‘The ability to move so quickly to help shut down traffic that was getting on that bridge.

‘Had we had more vehicles that were going over the bridge at the time of that collapse, we would have seen a catastrophic incident become even more catastrophic.

‘So those first responders, those law enforcement officials, those people who moved quickly, literally changed the entire dynamic of what that night could have been.’

14:51

Fresh photographs show emergency responders on small boats trawling through the carnage Tuesday morning

A small boat is anchored in front of a cargo ship that is stuck under the part of the structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after the ship hit the bridge Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Workboats surround a cargo ship that is stuck under the part of the structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after the ship hit the bridge Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A Coast Gaurd cutter patrols in front of a cargo ship that is stuck under the part of the structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after the ship hit the bridge Wednesday March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Emergency boats work near the collapsed section of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, after the Dali cargo vessel crashed into it, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

14:20

The six construction workers who are missing amid the bridge collapse are all believed to be migrants

According to the contractor working with the Maryland Transportation Authority, the missing workers are from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

The employer also told the Baltimore Banner they were living in Dundalk and Highlandtown, and they’re aged between 30 and 50.

13:21

Governor asks Congress for support to rebuild Key Bridge and access to Baltimore Port as 'integral part of country's economy'

13:19

PICTURED: Father-of-six Miguel Luna, 49, one of those missing after Key Bridge collapsed was previously photographed on the bridge

HOLDING PENDING EDITORS APPROVAL - KEY BRIDGE COLLAPSE VICTIMSPictured: Miguel Luna and family via social media

13:08

Recovery efforts 'even more dangerous' today due to weather, says mayor

Maryland mayor Brandon Scott (pictured below yesterday) said that the recovery operation to find the six missing workers in the Patapsco River was ‘even more’ dangerous today due to the weather.

He told a press conference: ‘With the expected rain, the choppy waters and we all know about the debris and other things that they’ll be dealing with.

‘We also have to live those first responders up who are putting their own lives at risk to be able to bring home those who we lost to have some sort of closure for those families.’

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MARCH 26: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott talks with the media after a cargo ship ran into and collapsed the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

13:02

Governor promises victims' families to 'devote every single resource to make sure that you receive closure'

13:01

Ship hit Key Bridge with 'very strong force' despite slow speed

12:58

Police only had 90 seconds to clear Key Bridge before it collapsed

It was the middle of the night when a dispatcher’s warning crackled over the radio: A massive cargo ship had lost its steering capabilities and was heading toward the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Within about 90 seconds, police officers responded that they had managed to stop vehicle traffic over the Baltimore bridge in both directions. One said he was about to drive onto the bridge to alert a construction crew.

But it was too late. Powerless and laden with huge containers, the vessel smashed into a support pillar. Six constructions workers who were on the bridge at the time are still missing and are feared to have died.

12:54

Terrifying moments before bridge collapse revealed, with lucky drivers seen making it across seconds before impact

Footage shows multiple lucky drivers making their way across the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore just seconds before the structure collapsed.

The lights from a construction site can be seen flickering on the 1.6 mile bridge in the moments before the horrific collision.

Vehicles are also seen travelling across the span as the Dali inches ever closer to the crossing in the background.

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12:48

PICTURED: Damage to the Dali container ship that collided with Key Bridge, causing it to collapse

A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

12:39

'They were fathers, they were sons, they were husbands': Maryland governor speaks about missing construction workers

Maryland governor Wes Moore said he met the families of the six construction workers feared to have died when Baltimore’s Key Bridge collapsed yesterday.

He told reporters this morning that the six ‘simply just went to work yesteday to work on potholes’.

He added: ‘They had no idea that them going to work was gonna turn to a deadly occurrence.

‘They were fathers, they were sons, they were husbands, They were people who their families relied on.’

12:34

Emergency vehicles continue to pour in to help with recovery of bridge collapse victims

12:30

PICTURED: Divers prepare to search Patapsco River again for missing six workers

epa11244533 Rescue personnel gather on the shore of the Patapsco River after a container ship ran into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing its collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 26 March 2024. The Maryland Department of Transportation confirmed that the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed due to a ship strike on 26 March. According to Baltimore City Fire Department Chief James W. Wallace, a search operation was underway to locate at least seven people believed to be in the waters of the Patapsco River following the incident. 'Sonar has detected the presence of vehicles submerged in the water', Wallace added. The Singapore-flagged cargo ship DALI was traveling from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, MarineTraffic confirmed.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

epa11244532 Rescue personnel gather on the shore of the Patapsco River after a container ship ran into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing its collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 26 March 2024. The Maryland Department of Transportation confirmed that the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed due to a ship strike on 26 March. According to Baltimore City Fire Department Chief James W. Wallace, a search operation was underway to locate at least seven people believed to be in the waters of the Patapsco River following the incident. 'Sonar has detected the presence of vehicles submerged in the water', Wallace added. The Singapore-flagged cargo ship DALI was traveling from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, MarineTraffic confirmed.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

12:27

Maryland governor praises 'heroism' of divers bracing darkness and cold temperatures in the river to search for missing workers

Maryland governor Wes Moore praised the divers bracing darkness and cold temperatures in the river to search for the missing construction workers after the Key Bridge collapsed.

He told reporters at a press conference: ‘I can’t stress enough the heroism of these folks. They are in frigid conditions, they are down there in darkness where they can literally see about a foot in front of them, they are trying to navigate mangled metal…

‘The work of these first responders, the work of these divers – I cannot stress enough how remarkable these individuals are.’

12:22

Baltimore Police urges residents to 'pack their patience' as delays are expected after Key Bridge collapsed

12:17

Investigators will probe if dirty fuel caused the Dali container ship to lose power moments before it crashed into the Baltimore Key Bridge

A shocking new report from The Wall Street Journal quotes naval architect Fotis Pagoulatos as saying that black outs, such as the one suffered by the Dali in the lead-up the collision, are rare on ships, they are extremely hazardous.

It has been widely reported that the Dali suffered a loss in propulsion which caused steering issues in the lead-up to the crash that caused the iconic bridge to collapse like a 'house of cards.'

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12:10

VIDEO: Structural engineer says Key Bridge 'not designed' to withstand shock of container ship collision

12:10

Small boats can be seen around the wreckage of Key Bridge as search continues for missing workers

Boats work near wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md. Recovery efforts resumed Wednesday for the construction workers who are presumed dead after the cargo ship hit a pillar of the bridge, causing the structure to collapse.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A container ship rests against wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md.  Recovery efforts resumed Wednesday for the construction workers who are presumed dead after the cargo ship hit a pillar of the bridge, causing the structure to collapse.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A container ship rests against wreckage of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Baltimore, Md.  Recovery efforts resumed Wednesday for the construction workers who are presumed dead after the cargo ship hit a pillar of the bridge, causing the structure to collapse.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

12:07

'If any private party is responsible, they will be held accountable,' says Transport Secretary

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that the investigation into the Key Bridge collapse is still ongoing, but told CNN: ‘To be clear: if any private party is responsible and accountable for this, then they will be held accountable.

‘But we can’t wait for that to play out to get to work right now.’

12:02

Senator promises to draft emergency bill to provide income replacement for those impacted by 'travesty'

12:00

PICTURED: People embraced as they attended a vigil for those missing after Key Bridge collapse

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MARCH 26: People embrace during a vigil for victims of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse at the Mount Olive Baptist Church on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the cargo ship Dali struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MARCH 26: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (C) is surrounded by city officials and first responders during a prayer at a vigil for victims of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse at the Mount Olive Baptist Church on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the cargo ship Dali struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MARCH 26: People pray during a vigil for victims of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse at the Mount Olive Baptist Church on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports, rescuers are still searching for multiple people, while two survivors have been pulled from the Patapsco River. A work crew was fixing potholes on the bridge, which is used by roughly 30,000 people each day, when the cargo ship Dali struck at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning. The accident has temporarily closed the Port of Baltimore, one of the largest and busiest on the East Coast of the U.S. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

11:57

Baltimore Inspector General says she is 'praying for all those we lost yesterday'

11:55

Pete Buttigieg says it's unclear when Patapsco River channel will reopen

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN that he did not have an estimated time when the Patapsco River channel might reopen.

He said: ‘Not only do we need to get those ships in, there are some ships that are already in there that can’t get out. So, it’s very important to get that channel open.

‘This is not going to be a simple thing. You’ve got the bridge, the wreckage of the bridge, (and) we don’t know about the conditions of the pier.’

11:47

Mayor thanks first responders who helped search for bridge collapse victims

11:45

Construction crew was 'on a break' when bridge collapsed

Jesus Campos, who has worked on the bridge for Brawner Builders and knows members of the crew, said he was told they were on a break and some were sitting in their trucks.

‘I know that a month ago, I was there, and I know what it feels like when the trailers pass,’ Campos said. ‘Imagine knowing that is falling. It is so hard. One would not know what to do.’

11:42

Police close roads leading to collapsed Key Bridge

MARYLAND, UNITED STATES - MARCH 26: A view of the empty road as security forces take measures and close the roads leading to the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge after a collision with a cargo ship in Baltimore, Maryland, United States on March 26, 2024. According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), all lanes are closed in both directions, and traffic is being diverted. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)

MARYLAND, UNITED STATES - MARCH 26: A view of the empty road as security forces take measures and close the roads leading to the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge after a collision with a cargo ship in Baltimore, Maryland, United States on March 26, 2024. According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), all lanes are closed in both directions, and traffic is being diverted. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)

11:40

Investigators have 'black box' of container ship that collided with Key Bridge and will interview crew today

11:35

Transport Authority warns that transporting hazardous material in tunnels is prohibited

11:29

Crew of ship that smashed into Baltimore bridge could be stranded on board for two weeks

Crew of the stricken cargo ship that crashed into a Baltimore bridge Tuesday morning could be stuck on board for up to two weeks as authorities scramble to clear the wreckage, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The director of a local mariners’ charity said he feared they could be stranded on board for up to two weeks after part of the bridge collapsed onto the back of the vessel. He added that the crew would likely not be able to leave their ship until the debris had been cleared.

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11:27

PICTURED: Second missing construction workers feared dead named as Miguel Luna, 49

Miguel Luna, 49, was on the graveyard shift with the rest of his Hispanic crew when the Dali ship lost propulsion and caused the collapse of the iconic Francis Scott Key bridge. Luna, a father of six, is now presumed dead.

‘They only tell us that we have to wait, that for now, they can’t give us information. [We feel] devastated, devastated because our heart is broken, because we don’t know if they’ve rescued them yet. We’re just waiting to hear any news,’ his wife, Maria del Carmen Castellon (pictured with her husband below) told Telemundo 44.

HOLDING PENDING EDITORS APPROVAL - KEY BRIDGE COLLAPSE VICTIMSPictured: Miguel Luna and family via social media

HOLDING PENDING EDITORS APPROVAL - KEY BRIDGE COLLAPSE VICTIMSPictured: Miguel Luna and family via social media

11:24

VIDEO: Secretary of Transportation says 'bridge collapse recovery will not be easy'

11:11

Maryland Transport Authority advises commuters to add additional travel time after bridge collapsed

11:03

PICTURED: One of the missing construction workers feared dead named as Maynor Suazo, 37

One of the missing construction workers feared dead has been named Maynor Suazo, 37, a native of Honduras.

Suazo, a father of an 18-year-old boy and five-year-old girl, had been living in the US for the past 18 years.

In an interview with CNN, his brother Martin said Suazo came to the US for a better life and said that he had also started his own maintenance company.

Maynor SuazoBaltimore bridge collapse: First of six workers feared dead are named as father-of-six Miguel Luna, 49, whose shattered wife says 'my heart hurts' and Maynor Suazo, 37, as rescue mission switches to recoveryhttps://www.facebook.com/maynor.suazo.79

Maynor SuazoBaltimore bridge collapse: First of six workers feared dead are named as father-of-six Miguel Luna, 49, whose shattered wife says 'my heart hurts' and Maynor Suazo, 37, as rescue mission switches to recoveryhttps://www.facebook.com/maynor.suazo.79

10:57

Lead of investigation into Key Bridge collapse says 'substantial information' will be revealed today

10:50

VIDEO: Aerials show the collapsed bridge after a cargo ship collided with it

10:48

Engineers blame $3m structural 'flaw' for Baltimore bridge collapsing

Engineers have blamed the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key bridge on a design flaw that is present in tens of thousands of US bridges.

Several experts told DailyMail.com that the Maryland bridge was missing critical protection systems that would have stopped the the nearly 105,000 ton container ship from smashing into the bridge’s support.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge was built in 1977 and anti-collision devices like fenders or protection cells were not introduced until the 1980s.

Experts said installing fenders would cost at least $3 million, but the collapse means a $15 million per day loss in economic activity and $1.5 million daily in state and local taxes – and that doesn’t include the six men who are presumed dead.

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10:46

Major traffic and delays expected in Baltimore today after Key Bridge collapsed

10:45

Divers back in the water to look for missing construction workers

10:42

Exclusive: Bridge collapse will 'severely disrupt' operation at Port of Baltimore, expert says

The collapse of Francis Scott Key Bridge will ‘severely disrupt’ the operations at the Port of Baltimore, an expert has said.

Tinglong Dai, Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, told DailyMail.com: ‘It will severely disrupt the operations of the Port of Baltimore, a critical component of Maryland’s transportation network, and it will have a huge impact on the local economy, at least in the short term.’

He added: ‘[The port] plays a central role in the U.S. automotive supply chain as the largest auto import/export port in the U.S.

‘The economic ecosystem and local economy that has been built around the Port of Baltimore will be severally impacted. In the short term, many, if not all, automakers will seek alternative ports and reroute their future shipments.’

10:35

Coast guard officials say they do not believe missing workers are alive after bridge collapse

10:33

Latest pictures reveal what is left of Francis Scott Key Bridge

TOPSHOT - People look out toward the Francis Scott Key Bridge following its collapse after the Singapore-flagged Dali container ship collided with it along the Patapsco River on March 26, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. A major bridge collapsed in Baltimore on Tuesday, blocking one of the busiest US commercial harbors, after a heavily laden cargo ship lost power and smashed into a support column despite desperate attempts to stop in time. (Photo by Kent Nishimura / AFP) (Photo by KENT NISHIMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - Part of the steel frame of the Francis Scott Key Bridge sits on top of the container ship Dali after the bridge collapsed in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26, 2024. The bridge collapsed early March 26 after being struck by the Singapore-flagged Dali container ship, sending multiple vehicles and people plunging into the frigid harbor below. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of the disaster, but Baltimore's Police Commissioner Richard Worley said there was

TOPSHOT - Part of the steel frame of the Francis Scott Key Bridge sits on top of the container ship Dali after the bridge collapsed in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26, 2024. The bridge collapsed early March 26 after being struck by the Singapore-flagged Dali container ship, sending multiple vehicles and people plunging into the frigid harbor below. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of the disaster, but Baltimore's Police Commissioner Richard Worley said there was

10:30

Recovery phase due to start this morning after Key Bridge collapsed

10:29

Weather will make recovery and salvage operations 'dangerous' for workers

10:27

First of six workers feared dead are named as father-of-six Miguel Luna, 49, and Maynor Suazo, 37

Two of the six construction crew members, thrown into the frigid waters of the Patapsco River when a container ship collided with the bridge they were working on, have been named.

Miguel Luna, 49, was on the graveyard shift with the rest of his Hispanic crew when the Dali ship lost propulsion and caused the collapse of the iconic Francis Scott Key bridge. Luna, a father of six, is now presumed dead.

A second man, Maynor Suazo, 37, a native of Honduras was identified in his homeland as another worker who is missing and presumed to be dead. Suazo, a father of two, had been living in the US for the past 18 years.

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10:25

AUDIO: Listen to police transmission of the moment when Key Bridge collapsed

10:21

Welcome to DailyMail.com's liveblog!

Welcome to DailyMail.com’s liveblog, where we will bring you all the latest news and updates following the collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore.

Key Updates

  • Maryland governor praises 'heroism' of divers bracing darkness and cold temperatures in the river to search for missing workers

  • 'If any private party is responsible, they will be held accountable,' says Transport Secretary

  • PICTURED: Second missing construction workers feared dead named as Miguel Luna, 49

  • PICTURED: One of the missing construction workers feared dead named as Maynor Suazo, 37

  • Engineers blame $3m structural 'flaw' for Baltimore bridge collapsing

  • Divers back in the water to look for missing construction workers

  • Bridge collapse will 'severely disrupt' operation at Port of Baltimore, expert says

  • Weather will make recovery and salvage operations 'dangerous' for workers

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