Maryland bridge collapse Special Report: Rescue operations underway

NBC News
26 Mar 202430:00

Summary

TLDRA cargo ship collision with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Harbor has led to a dramatic collapse, sparking a large-scale search and rescue operation. At least seven individuals remain unaccounted for, with two people rescued from the water, one with serious injuries. Multiple agencies are involved in the ongoing effort, utilizing air and marine assets to locate survivors amidst the challenging conditions of the cold waters.

Takeaways

  • 🚢 A cargo ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Harbor, leading to its collapse.
  • 🚨 At least seven people are unaccounted for after the bridge collapse, with rescue efforts actively ongoing.
  • 💡 Sonar detected the presence of vehicles submerged in the water, but the exact number is still unknown.
  • 🚁 Multiple agencies, including local fire departments and the Coast Guard, are involved in the search and rescue operation.
  • 🤕 Two individuals were rescued from the water; one refused medical assistance while the other was seriously injured and transported to a trauma center.
  • 🌡️ The water temperature is approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a significant risk to those in the water for extended periods.
  • 🚢 The ship that collided with the bridge remains on site with its crew, who have communicated with the Coast Guard.
  • 🛑 The search and rescue operation is facing challenges due to darkness and current-influenced waters.
  • 🌆 The incident has severely impacted the Baltimore region, affecting both the local economy and logistics due to the port's significant role in cargo traffic.
  • 🔍 The authorities are still working to determine the exact circumstances of the collision and the extent of the damage.
  • 📣 Updates on the situation are expected as more information becomes available from ongoing rescue and assessment efforts.

Q & A

  • What happened at the Baltimore Harbor?

    -A cargo ship struck a support structure of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, leading to the bridge's collapse.

  • How many people are unaccounted for after the incident?

    -At least seven people are still unaccounted for following the collapse of the bridge.

  • What was the condition of the two individuals rescued from the water?

    -One individual was uninjured and refused service, while the other was seriously injured and transported to a local trauma center.

  • What is the current status of the crew on the cargo ship?

    -The crew remains on board the ship and has been in communication with the Coast Guard.

  • What type of equipment is being used in the search and rescue operation?

    -Multiple air and marine assets are being used, including side scan sonar, other sonar capabilities, underwater UAVs, and infrared technology.

  • What challenges are rescuers facing in the search operation?

    -Rescuers are dealing with cold water temperatures, current influences, darkness, and the potential for trauma from being in the water for an extended period.

  • What is the impact on the Baltimore region due to the collapse of the bridge?

    -The incident will have a dramatic impact on the Baltimore region, affecting economic activities and logistics due to the significant volume of cargo and shipping that passes through the port.

  • Are there reports of a fuel spill from the vessel?

    -As of the latest information, there has been no confirmation of an active fuel spill from the vessel, but agencies are monitoring the situation.

  • How many agencies are involved in the search and rescue operation?

    -Dozens of local, state, and federal agencies are involved, providing specialized equipment and resources for the large-scale operation.

  • What is the role of the Coast Guard in this incident?

    -The Coast Guard is involved in the response, working with other agencies to assess potential environmental impacts such as a fuel spill and supporting the search and rescue efforts.

  • What is the potential timeline for the search and rescue operation?

    -The operation is expected to continue for the next 8 to 12 hours, with air and maritime assets functioning both on the water and in the air above.

Outlines

00:00

🚢 Introduction to Navigational Incident

The paragraph discusses the uncertainty surrounding the responsibility of the ship's navigation into the harbor. It highlights the complexity of the port, its significance in terms of shipping volume and cargo, and the potential impact of the incident on the local economy and logistics in the Baltimore area. The focus is on the unknown number of people who may have been on the bridge and in the water at the time of the incident.

08:44

🌉 Bridge Collapse and Rescue Efforts

This paragraph details the response to the Key Bridge collapse in the Baltimore harbor. It describes the initial 911 call, the subsequent discovery of the bridge collapse, and the immediate search and rescue operations. The paragraph mentions the removal of two individuals from the water, one of whom was transported to a local trauma center in very serious condition. It also outlines the involvement of multiple local, state, and federal agencies in the ongoing search and rescue efforts.

13:45

🔍 Ongoing Search and Rescue Operation

The focus of this paragraph is on the ongoing search and rescue operation following the bridge collapse. It emphasizes the large-scale effort involving multiple agencies and the use of various technologies, including sonar and underwater UAVs. The paragraph also discusses the challenges posed by the current-influenced waters and the darkness, and the need to determine a point of non-survivability in the search for potential victims.

18:47

🚨 Updates on the Situation and Recovery

This paragraph provides updates on the situation, including the status of the ship's crew, the number of people rescued, and the potential number of individuals still missing. It also addresses the damage assessment of the ship and the decision to not board the ship until it's deemed safe. The paragraph highlights the coordination between various agencies and the collective efforts to manage the aftermath of the incident.

23:47

🌅 Intense Search for Survivors in Frigid Waters

The paragraph describes the intense search for survivors in the cold waters of the Potapsco River following the bridge collapse. It discusses the challenges faced by rescuers due to the low water temperature and the time that has elapsed since the incident. The paragraph also mentions the massive response from surrounding areas and the use of air assets to aid in the search for survivors.

28:48

📣 Media Coverage and Public Information

This paragraph focuses on the media's role in providing updates and information about the incident. It discusses the initial uncertainty about the number of missing people and the status of the ship, and the subsequent clarification provided by officials. The paragraph also touches on the public's reaction to the extraordinary event and the ongoing coverage by news outlets.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Local Pilot

A local pilot is a maritime professional who is familiar with the specific conditions and navigational requirements of a particular body of water, such as a harbor. In the context of the video, the local pilot would be responsible for guiding the ship safely into the harbor. The script mentions uncertainty about whether the captain or a local pilot was navigating the ship at the time of the incident, highlighting the importance of this role in preventing such accidents.

💡Ship Navigation

Ship navigation is the process of directing a ship's movement through water, which requires knowledge of maritime laws, weather conditions, and the specific characteristics of the vessel. In the video, the navigation of the ship is central to understanding how the incident with the Francis Scott Key Bridge occurred. Proper navigation is crucial for avoiding collisions and ensuring the safety of both the vessel and the infrastructure around it.

💡Harbormaster

A harbormaster is a public official or licensed professional responsible for the management and operation of a harbor. This role includes ensuring the safety and efficiency of navigation, managing berths, and overseeing the harbor's environmental and economic aspects. In the context of the video, the harbormaster's potential involvement in the incident raises questions about the coordination and oversight of ship movements within the harbor.

💡Port Activity

Port activity refers to all the operations and movements that occur within a harbor, including the loading and unloading of cargo, the arrival and departure of ships, and the management of various maritime resources. In the video, the mention of 'a tremendous amount of shipping volume' and 'cargo' highlights the significance of port activity to the local economy and the potential impact of the bridge collapse on these operations.

💡Search and Rescue

Search and rescue (SAR) operations are coordinated efforts to locate and assist people in distress or imminent danger. In the context of the video, SAR teams are actively working to find and help individuals who may have fallen into the water as a result of the bridge collapse. These operations are critical in emergency situations to save lives and can involve multiple agencies and specialized equipment.

💡Bridge Collapse

A bridge collapse occurs when a bridge structure fails and collapses, often resulting in significant damage, disruption, and potential loss of life. In the video, the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge is the central event, with the cause and consequences being investigated and addressed by emergency services and local authorities.

💡Cargo Ship

A cargo ship is a large vessel designed to transport goods and materials across bodies of water. These ships are crucial for international trade and the movement of commodities. In the video, a cargo ship is involved in the incident by striking the bridge, which raises concerns about the safety of maritime navigation and the potential environmental impact.

💡First Responders

First responders are professionals who are trained to arrive quickly and provide immediate assistance in emergency situations, such as accidents, natural disasters, or medical emergencies. In the video, first responders, including the fire department and coast guard, are actively involved in the search and rescue efforts following the bridge collapse.

💡Sonar

Sonar is a technology that uses sound waves to detect and locate objects underwater. It is widely used in maritime navigation, underwater exploration, and search and rescue operations. In the video, sonar is utilized to detect the presence of vehicles submerged in the water following the bridge collapse, aiding in the search for potential victims.

💡Trauma Center

A trauma center is a medical facility equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive care for patients with serious, life-threatening injuries. In the video, one individual rescued from the water is transported to a local trauma center, emphasizing the severity of their condition and the specialized care required for recovery.

💡Maritime Assets

Maritime assets refer to any resources related to maritime operations, including ships, equipment, and personnel involved in navigation, commerce, or military activities. In the video, maritime assets are mobilized to assist in the search and rescue operation following the bridge collapse, demonstrating the coordinated effort required in such emergencies.

Highlights

A local pilot is navigating the ship into the harbor, but it's unclear who was responsible for the ship at the time of the incident.

The complexity of the port and the significant volume of shipping traffic indicates a potential large-scale impact from the incident.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse will dramatically affect the Baltimore region, both economically and logistically.

There is an ongoing search and rescue operation for multiple people who may have been on the bridge when it collapsed.

One individual has been transported to a local trauma center in very serious condition, while another refused service and was not injured.

Multiple agencies are involved in the search and rescue, including air and marine assets from Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department.

The search and rescue operation is dynamic and involves a large area, including the surface and subsurface of the water and the deck of the ship.

Upwards of seven individuals are believed to be missing, but this number is subject to change as more information becomes available.

The ship that struck the bridge is still on the scene with its crew, and there has been communication between them and the Coast Guard.

Sonar has detected the presence of vehicles submerged in the water, but an exact count is not yet available.

The search and rescue mission is focused on finding survivors in the frigid waters of the Potapsco River.

The crew of the ship remains on board, and there have been no reports of injuries among them.

The response to the incident has been massive, with multiple fire and rescue departments from Baltimore and surrounding counties participating in the search.

The impact of the incident on the community and the families of those affected is emphasized, with calls for prayers and support for first responders.

The situation is still very active, and the focus remains on the search and rescue efforts and the families impacted by the tragedy.

The water temperature and current conditions pose challenges to the rescue operation, as does the darkness and the potential for submerged individuals.

The totality of the incident is described as unimaginable, with the Key Bridge collapsing in a manner reminiscent of an action movie.

The community is awake to the news of the incident, and the preservation of life is the primary focus in the aftermath.

Transcripts

08:44

BRIDGE OVER TO A LOCAL PILOT WHO

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BRIDGE OVER TO A LOCAL PILOT WHO

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GETS ON THE SHIP TO NAVIGATE

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INTO THE WATERS, TO NAVIGATE

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INTO THE HARBOR ITSELF.

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SO WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS THE

08:55

CAPTAIN WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR

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THE SHIP AT THAT VERY MOMENT OR

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DID THEY HAVE A LOCAL

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HARBORMASTER, IF YOU WILL, OR A

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PILOT I SHOULD SAY WHO WAS

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ONBOARD AT THE TIME.

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WE SIMPLY DON'T KNOW.

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AND PARDON ME FOR NOT HAVING ALL

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THE PROPER LANGUAGE ON THIS.

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I'M NOT A HARBOR EXPERT, AND I'M

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SURE WE'VE GOT THEM IN OUR

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AUDIENCE PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY

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FAMILIAR WITH THIS.

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BUT THIS IS VERY, VERY

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COMPLICATED PORT WITH A

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TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SHIPPING

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VOLUME, CARRIES A TREMENDOUS

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AMOUNT OF CARGO INTO AND OUT OF

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THE EAST COAST.

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AND I WILL TELL YOU IF YOU

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TRAVEL IN AND AROUND THE

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BALTIMORE AREA YOU KNOW HOW

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OFTEN YOU SEE MASSIVE CONTAINER

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SHIPS HERE, CRUISE SHIPS ARE

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HERE.

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THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF CAR

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LOTS WHERE BRAND NEW CARS ARE

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STAGING BEFORE THEY ARE LOADED

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ONTO OR COMING OFF OF THESE

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SHIPS, JUST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT

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OF ACTIVITY IN THIS AREA.

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SO TO LOSE THE FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

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BRIDGE AND ALSO HAVE THIS HARBOR

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OR THIS PORT SO DRAMATICALLY

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IMPACTED WILL HAVE A DRAMATIC

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IMPACT ON THE BALTIMORE REGION

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TODAY CERTAINLY ECONOMIC BUT

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ALSO OF COURSE JUST LOGISTICALLY

09:58

IN GETTING AROUND.

10:00

BUT AT THE MOMENT OUR KEY

10:02

CONCERN IS HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY

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HAVE BEEN ON THE BRIDGE AND MAY

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BE IN THE WATER.

10:09

>> YES, INCLUDING POTENTIALLY

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SEVERAL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WHO

10:12

MAY HAVE BEEN WORKING AT THE

10:13

TIME.

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LOOK AT THE AERIAL SHOT.

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IT'S DARK.

10:17

THERE WERE CONFLICTING REPORTS

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ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CARGO

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SHIP ITSELF HAD SUNK.

10:23

>> Reporter: YEAH, I'VE HEARD IT

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MAY HAVE SUNK, SAVANNAH.

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I DON'T HAVE THAT MYSELF.

10:28

I DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION

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CONFIRMED.

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IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE

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HOPING TO GET MORE CLARITY FROM

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MARYLAND STATE AUTHORITIES WITH

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THIS NEWS CONFERENCE ANY MOMENT

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NOW.

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I THINK WE WANT TO KNOW, WHETHER

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IN FACT, THAT SHIP DID SINK.

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WE WANT TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE

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MAY HAVE BE STILL IN THE WATER,

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HOW MANY PEOPLE ON THE BRIDGE,

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HOW MANY THEY'RE LOOKING FOR,

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THE EXTENT OF THE SEARCH AND

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RESCUE APEERATIONS.

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WE KNOW BALTIMORE CITY FIRE AND

10:52

RESCUE HAS BEEN HERE.

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ALSO SURROUNDING FIRE

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DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED.

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THE COAST GUARD RESPONDED AS

10:58

WELL, BUT WE'RE WAITING FOR THE

11:00

SPECIFICS OF THAT.

11:01

>> WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM

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OFFICIALS, MAY GET SOME OF THE

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ANSWERS AS THEY STEP HERE TO THE

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MICROPHONES IN BALTIMORE, THE

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COLLAPSE OF THE KEY BRIDGE IN

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BALTIMORE HARBOR.

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LET'S LISTEN.

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>> EVERYBODY.

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>>?

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EVERYBODY READY?

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GOOD MORNING.

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MY NAME IS CHIEF JAMES WALLACE.

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I'M THE CHIEF OF THE BALTIMORE

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CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT.

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I'M JOINED THIS MORNING BY OUR

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MAYOR BRANDON SCOTT, COUNCIL

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PRESIDENT MOSBY, COUNCILWOMAN

11:32

PORTER, COUNTY EXECUTIVE JOHNNY

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OCHEFSKY AND THE BALTIMORE

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COUNTY FIRE CHIEF.

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OUR BRIEF THIS MORNING WILL BE

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ON THE SEARCH AND RESCUE

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OPERATION ONGOING AT THIS POINT.

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AT APPROXIMATELY 0140 HOURS THIS

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MORNING OUR 911 CENTER

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DISPATCHED A CALL TO THE

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BALTIMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR

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THE REPORT OF A WATER RESCUE IN

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THE RIVER IN AN AREA OF THE KEY

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BRIDGE.

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AS UNITS WERE RESPONDING THEY

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BEGAN TO RECEIVE NUMEROUS CALLS

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INDICATING MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN

12:00

THE WATER.

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AT SOME POINT DURING THAT CHAIN

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OF EVENTS OF CALLS, WE BEGAN TO

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RECEIVE INDICATIONS THAT A SHIP

12:11

MAY HAVE STRUCK THE KEY BRIDGE.

12:12

WE GOT FURTHER INFORMATION

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THROUGH MULTIPLE CALLS THAT THE

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KEY BRIDGE -- PORTIONS OF OF THE

12:20

KEY BRIDGE HAD ACTUALLY

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COLLAPSED.

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AT ABOUT 0150 HOURS OUR FIRST

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UNIT ARRIVED ON SCENE AND

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REPORTED A COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF

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THE KEY BRIDGE.

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WE WERE ALSO GIVEN INFORMATION

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AT THAT TIME THAT THERE WERE

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LIKELY MULTIPLE PEOPLE ON THE

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BRIDGE AT THE TIME OF THE

12:38

COLLAPSE AND THAT AS A RESULT

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MULTIPLE PEOPLE WERE IN THE

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WATER.

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WE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE TWO

12:45

PEOPLE FROM THE WATER.

12:47

ONE INDIVIDUAL REFUSED SERVICE

12:49

AND REFUSED TRANSPORT.

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ESSENTIALLY THAT PERSON WAS NOT

12:52

INJURED.

12:53

HOWEVER, THERE WAS ANOTHER

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INDIVIDUAL THAT'S BEEN

12:55

TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL TRAUMA

12:58

CENTER THAT IS IN VERY SERIOUS

13:00

CONDITION.

13:01

AT THIS TIME WE HAVE MULTIPLE

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AIR ASSETS FROM THE MARYLAND

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STATE POLICE AS WELL AS THE

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BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS

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WELL AS MULTIPLE MARINE ASSETS

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FROM AROUND THE REGION INCLUDING

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BALTIMORE CITY, BALTIMORE COUNTY

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AS WELL AS MULTIPLE LOCAL AND

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STATE POLICE AGENCIES, NATIONAL

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RESOURCES POLICE, BPD SPECIAL

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OPS IS HERE, MARYLAND STATE

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POLICE IS HERE.

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WE HAVE MULTIPLE RESOURCES.

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WE ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN AN

13:39

ACTIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE POSTURE

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AT THIS POINT, AND WE WILL

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CONTINUE TO BE FOR SOME TIME.

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WE HAVE A LARGE AREA THAT WE

13:44

HAVE TO SEARCH.

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THIS INCLUDES ON THE SURFACE OF

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THE WATER, SUBSURFACE, AS WELL

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AS ON THE DECK OF THE SHIP

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ITSELF. WE BELIEVE AT THIS POINT WE MAY

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WE BELIEVE AT THIS POINT WE MAY

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BE LOOKING FOR -- WE MAY BE

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LOOKING FOR UPWARDS OF SEVEN

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INDIVIDUALS.

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THAT'S THE LATEST INFORMATION WE

14:06

HAVE.

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HOWEVER, WHAT I WILL SAY IS IT'S

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THE INFORMATION THAT I'M GIVING

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YOU RIGHT NOW IS AS OF RIGHT

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NOW, IT'S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT

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NOW.

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THIS IS A VERY LARGE INCIDENT.

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IT INVOLVES A VERY LARGE

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FOOTPRINT.

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MULTIPLE AGENCIES ARE OPERATING,

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THEREFORE INFORMATION IS SUBJECT

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TO CHANGE AS WE GET MORE INTEL

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AND AS OUR CREWS WORK THROUGH

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THE MORNING.

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OVER THE NEXT 8 TO 12 HOURS YOU

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CAN EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO SEE

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OUR AIR AND MARITIME ASSETS

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FUNCTIONING OUT ON THE WATER AND

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IN THE AIR ABOVE.

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WE NEED TO DO DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

14:44

OF THE SHIP ITSELF BEFORE WE CAN

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BOARD THAT HIP, AND WE NEED TO

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CONTINUE OUR SUBSURFACE SEARCH,

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WHICH IS INCLUDING DIFFERENT

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TYPES OF SONAR.

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WE HAVE SIDE SCAN SONAR.

14:58

WE HAVE OTHER SONAR CAPABILITIES

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HERE.

15:00

WE HAVE UNDER WATER UAVs THAT

15:04

WE'RE WORKING WITH.

15:06

AND THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT WE'VE

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ALSO BEEN WORKING WITH INFRARED

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TECHNOLOGY BOTH FROM THE AIR AND

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ON THE WATER SURFACE.

15:11

SO I'M GOING TO WRAP UP HERE

15:13

WITH JUST SAYING THIS CONTINUES

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TO BE A SEARCH AND RESCUE

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OPERATION.

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IT CONTINUES TO BE A VERY

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DYNAMIC OPERATION WITH MULTIPLE

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LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL

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RESOURCES INVOLVED.

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WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT

15:27

OVER TO OUR MAYOR, MAYOR BRANDON

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SCOTT.

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>> THANK YOU.

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THANK YOU, CHIEF.

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EVERYONE, THIS IS AN UNTHINKABLE

15:33

TRAGEDY.

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WE HAVE TO FIRST AND FOREMOST

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PRAY FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE

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IMPACTED, THOSE FAMILIES, PRAY

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FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND

15:44

THANK THEM, ALL OF THEM WORKING

15:47

TOGETHER, CITY, STATE, LOCAL TO

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MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE WORKING

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THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY.

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THIS IS AN ONGOING ACTIVE

15:59

RESEARCH THAT WE'RE HAVING RIGHT

16:00

NOW.

16:01

AS YOU HEARD FROM THE CHIEF AS

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LONG AS WE HAVE TO BE DOING

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THAT, WE'LL DO IT.

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BUT WE HAVE TO BE THINKING ABOUT

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THE FAMILIES AND PEOPLE

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IMPACTED, FOLKS WHO WE HAVE TO

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TRY TO FIND AND SAVE.

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THIS IS WHAT OUR FOCUS SHOULD BE

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ON RIGHT NOW.

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WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EVERY PART

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OF GOVERNMENT TO DO EVERYTHING

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THAT WE CAN TO GET US THROUGH

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS TRAGEDY.

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AND WITH THAT I'LL TURN IT OVER

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TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OCHEFSKI.

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>> THANK YOU, MAYOR SCOTT.

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I THINK WE ALL AWOKE TO THIS

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MORNING AN UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY.

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AS THE MAYOR INDICATED WE KNOW

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THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUALS AND

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FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THIS

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REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS THE

16:43

REST OF THE WAY OUT, SO I WILL

16:45

JUST ECHO THE MAYOR IN LIFTING

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UP PRAYERS FOR THOSE IMPACTED

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BUT ALSO ASK OUR RESIDENTS PRAY

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FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS.

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YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE BEEN ON

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SCENE SINCE VERY EARLY A IN THE

16:57

MORNING NOT ONLY CONDUCTING

16:58

INITIAL SEARCH AND RESCUE

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OPERATIONS BUT PLANNING FOR

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ADDITIONAL ONES AS THE SUN COMES

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UP.

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AND THE WORK THEY DO CANNOT BE

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UNDERSTATED.

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I WANT TO JUST THANK THEM FOR

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ALL THEY ARE DOING AND WILL DO

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IN THE DAYS AND HOURS AHEAD.

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WE KNOW WE HAVE A LONG ROAD

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AHEAD NOT JUST IN THE SEARCH AND

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RESCUE BUT IN THE FALLOUT

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FOLLOWING THIS.

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I THINK WE APPROPRIATELY HAVE

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OUR ATTENTION ON THE SEARCH AND

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RESCUE EFFORTS CURRENTLY.

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AND JUST HERE ALONGSIDE OUR

17:25

PARTNERS IN THE CITY TO SAY THEY

17:27

HAVE OUR FULL SUPPORT.

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JUST AS WE WANT TO THANK OUR

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STATE PARTNERS FOR THE RESOURCES

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THEY'VE OFFERED UP AS WELL AS

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THE FEDERAL PARTNERS WHO HAVE

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ALREADY REACHED OUT.

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THE MAYOR AND I HAVE TALKED TO

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THE GOVERNOR.

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WE'VE HEARD FROM THE SECRETARY

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OF TRANSPORTATION, SO

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COLLECTIVELY WE THANK EVERYONE

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FOR THEIR THOUGHTS, THEIR

17:45

WELL-WISHES.

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BUT, AGAIN, THIS IS VERY ACTIVE

17:47

SITUATION AND WE WANT TO JUST

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THANK THE CHIEF AND OUR TEAMS

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FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK THEY'RE

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DOING.

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WITH THAT, I'LL TURN THINGS BACK

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OVER TO CHIEF.

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>> THANK YOU, COUNTY EXECUTIVE.

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I'LL HAVE EVERYONE GO AROUND.

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>> CHIEF, CAN YOU TELL US WHERE

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THE CREW OF THE SHIP IS?

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YOU ALSO MENTIONED, TOO, THAT

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THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE RESCUED,

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WHO MADE THE FIRST 911 CALL?

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AND THERE WERE REPORTS THERE WAS

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A CREW ON THE DECK OF THE SHIP

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WORKING AT THAT POINT?

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CAN YOU CONFIRM ANY OF THAT

18:19

INFORMATION?

18:20

>> THE LATEST INFORMATION WE

18:21

HAVE ON THE CREW OF THE SHIP IS

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THAT THEY ARE STILL ONBOARD THE

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SHIP.

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THERE'S BEEN COMMS BETWEEN THE

18:29

SHIP CREW AND THE COAST GUARD.

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SO AS PART OF THE OVERALL

18:33

OPERATION, WE COMMUNICATE

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THROUGH THE COAST GUARD WITH THE

18:35

SHIP.

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AND I'M SORRY, YOUR OTHER

18:37

QUESTIONS?

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>> THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE TAKEN,

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WHO MADE THE FIRST 911 CALL?

18:41

>> I DON'T KNOW WHO MADE THAT

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CALL YET.

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>> AND WERE THERE OTHER WORKERS

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ON THE DECK OF THE SHIP -- OR

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THE DECK OF THE BRIDGE AT THIS

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POINT?

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CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT?

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>> WE'RE BEING TOLD THERE WERE

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WORKERS ON THE BRIDGE.

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WE HAVE YET TO CONFIRM THAT.

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WE'LL WORK WITH MDTA TO

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OBVIOUSLY GET THAT INFORMATION.

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>> ABOUT HOW MANY CARS WERE ON

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THAT SHIP -- LAST QUESTION, ON

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THE DECK OF THE BRIDGE AT THE

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TIME OF THE COLLAPSE?

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>> DON'T HAVE A NUMBER.

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I CAN TELL YOU OUR SONAR HAS

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DETECTED THE PRESENCE OF

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VEHICLES SUBMERGED IN THE WATER.

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I DON'T HAVE A COUNT OF THAT

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YET.

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>> CHIEF, YOU MENTIONED UPWARDS

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OF SEVEN INDIVIDUALS YOU WERE

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LOOKING FOR.

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WE HEARD REPORTS OF 20

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INDIVIDUALS.

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CAN YOU PAINT A CLEAR PICTURE

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ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ACTUALLY

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FELL INTO THE WATER AND HOW MANY

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YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING TO RESCUE,

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AND ALSO IF YOU CAN GET AN IDEA

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HOW MANY VEHICLES --

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>> YEAH, I'LL START WITH THE

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LAST ONE.

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SO I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY

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VEHICLES YET.

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I KNOW WE HAD DETECTED THE

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PRESENCE OF VEHICLES.

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AS FAR AS THE NUMBER BETWEEN THE

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7 AND 20, THAT'S BEEN A DYNAMIC

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COUNT THROUGHOUT THE MORNING.

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JUST GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE

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HAVEN'T YET NAILED THAT NUMBER

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DOWN.

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WE DO BELIEVE AT LEAST SEVEN ARE

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INVOLVED IN THAT.

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AT LEAST SEVEN AT THIS POINT.

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>> THAT FELL INTO THE WATER?

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>> YES, MA'AM.

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>> YEAH, AND I KNOW YOU SAID THE

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CREW WAS ACCOUNTED FOR ON DECK.

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DO WE KNOW IF ANY OF THE CREW

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MEMBERS WERE PART OF THESE SEVEN

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PEOPLE THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER?

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WATER?

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>> WE DO NOT.

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[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]

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>> SO WE'LL BE GUIDED BY OUR

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DIVE TEAMS.

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WE WILL DETERMINE WHAT THE

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TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER IS.

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THE OTHER ISSUE WE HAVE OUT

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THERE IS THAT THIS WATER IS

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CURRENT-INFLUENCED.

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SO RIGHT NOW WE THINK THE TIDE

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IS COMING BACK IN.

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THAT ATS A BIT OF CHALLENGE

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ALSO.

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THE FACT THERE'S TRAUMA

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INVOLVED.

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THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER FOR

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AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, BUT