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Update: Recovery Efforts Continue for Key Bridge Collapse

The US Coast Guard has ceased search and rescue operations for six individuals who were on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed early Tuesday following a significant collision with a cargo boat. The search efforts are slated to recommence at 6 a.m. Wednesday for the missing individuals, who are sadly presumed deceased.

Search and recovery operations were suspended overnight due to perilous conditions, including sections of the steel bridge being deemed “very unstable” and shipping containers dangling from the cargo ship, as reported by Baltimore City Fire Chief James Wallace to CNN. Divers are scheduled to return to the water on Wednesday to continue the search for the six missing persons.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore affirmed on Tuesday, “We’re still fully committed to ensuring that we utilize every available resource to bring a sense of closure to the families.”

The US Coast Guard is evaluating damaged shipping containers, some of which contain potentially hazardous materials, from the collided vessel, as outlined in a US government document obtained by CNN and confirmed by a US official familiar with the situation.

Federal authorities are closely monitoring approximately 1.8 million gallons of fuel onboard the ship for potential spillage, according to an unclassified memo from the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. However, the US official familiar with the matter emphasized to CNN that “lots would have to go wrong” for such a significant fuel spill to occur.

A specialized Coast Guard team is currently inspecting 13 damaged containers retrieved from the collided vessel, some of which reportedly contain materials associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and/or hazardous materials (HAZMAT), according to the CISA memo. Additionally, the team is scrutinizing the ship’s manifest to ascertain its cargo and assess whether any materials could pose health risks, a reliable source revealed.

Local authorities have not yet confirmed the identities of the missing individuals. However, they have indicated that among the missing are construction workers who were present on the bridge during its collapse.

According to the nonprofit organization CASA, Miguel Luna, originally from El Salvador, is among those unaccounted for. Similarly, Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, a Honduran national, is reported missing by his brother, as disclosed to CNN.

Miguel Luna, who departed for his construction job on Monday evening, has yet to return home, as stated by CASA, a nonprofit organization offering services to working-class and immigrant families. Described as “a husband, a father of three, and a resident of Maryland for over 19 years,” Luna’s absence has left a void in the community, the nonprofit conveyed in a statement.

In another heart-wrenching account, Martin Suazo received devastating news early Tuesday. His brother, 38-year-old Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, was engaged in maintenance work on the Key Bridge when it collapsed into the river, he informed CNN.

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