Collapse of the Baltimore bridge: around twenty sailors still stuck on board the cargo ship

Collapse of the Baltimore bridge: around twenty sailors still stuck on board the cargo ship
Collapse of the Baltimore bridge: around twenty sailors still stuck on board the cargo ship

The crew of the container ship Dali is still stuck on the cargo ship, seven weeks after colliding with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Twenty Indians and one Sri Lankan national were not allowed to leave the Dali due in particular to visa restrictions, but also due to lack of land passes and ongoing investigations. Recently, the US Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary report that the container ship suffered two electrical failures before hitting the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26. The Dali left the port of Baltimore to go to Sri Lanka.

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In addition to being deprived of their freedom, the sailors are also cut off from the world. The FBI confiscated their cell phones as part of its investigation to provide them with devices with SIM cards, but without data. The executive director of the Baltimore International Seafarers’Center Joshua Messick reports to the BBC a very complicated situation for seafarers: “They simply can’t contact the people they need, or even look at photos of their children before going to sleep. Two seafarers’ unions said in a joint statement on May 11 “that seafarers’ morale has plummeted” because of “unfounded fear of personal criminal liability,” as well as emotional distress. The unions are demanding the return of cell phones quickly.

The crew receives packages with care products, but also Indian snacks and handmade quilts. At this time, authorities do not know when the crew will be able to return home.

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