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US Bridge Collapse: 20 Indian crew members still onboard crippled cargo ship

Written by  Shgun S -- April 01st 2024 09:40 PM
US Bridge Collapse: 20 Indian crew members still onboard crippled cargo ship

US Bridge Collapse: 20 Indian crew members still onboard crippled cargo ship

US Bridge Collapse: The 21 crew members, including 20 Indians, onboard a wrecked cargo vessel that hit the Baltimore bridge last week are "healthy," according to a nonprofit organisation that was in contact with the staff.

For the unversed, the 2.6-kilometer-long, four-lane bridge over the Patapsco River in Baltimore collapsed after Dali, a 984-foot cargo ship bound for Sri Lanka, collided with it in the early hours of March 26. Nearly a week after the accident, Dali's 21 crew members remain on board the crippled cargo ship.


According to Baltimore International Seafarers' Centre Executive Director The Rev. Joshua Messick, all crew members are "healthy and we are doing the best we can to support their needs emotionally and otherwise."

Joshua Messick stated that he has "been in touch with the crew via WhatsApp" and that the crew's responses to him and those who have contacted it have been "succinct".

"I imagine they are being very careful about what they say and to whom," he added. 

The Baltimore International Seafarers' Centre is a nonprofit organisation that serves seafarers from across the world who visit the Port of Baltimore. According to its website, its purpose is to "facilitate the well-being of crew members by offering transportation ashore."

Indian Embassy in touch with local authorities

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that the Indian Embassy in Washington is in close contact with them and local authorities.

"Our information is that there are 21 crew members, of which 20 are Indians. All of them are in good shape, (and in) good health. One of them got injured slightly and needed to have some stitches, and stitches have been given. And, he has gone back to the ship," MEA Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

He further stated that the Indian Embassy in the US is "in close contact with the Indians onboard."

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