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Missing Workers From Baltimore's Francis Key Scott Bridge Collapse Are Assumed to Be Dead

Wes Moore, the Governor of Maryland, gave an update about the missing people who are assumed to be dead as a result of the Francis Key Scott Bridge collapse that happened in Baltimore on Tuesday after a cargo ship crashed into the bridge. 

According to CNN, Governor Moore says divers are dealing with a "treacherous situation" as they continue search and recovery efforts for six unaccounted people in the Francis Key Scott Bridge collapse, he told CBS News Wednesday morning. Baltimore's Mayor, Brandon Scott, said the city remains in a state of emergency as recovery efforts continue for the six presumed dead. However, some search efforts were reportedly suspended; The New York Times reports that the Coast Guard ended its search late Tuesday for the workers, "At this point, we do not believe we are going to find any of these individuals still alive," Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said at a news conference just after dusk, citing the cold water temperatures and the length of time since the overnight collapse.

According to The New York Times, a construction worker, Jesus Campos, who works at the Port of Baltimore, where the bridge was, said the six missing men were his co-workers. "We're low-income families," said Jesus Campos, who has worked at the construction company, Brawner Builders, for about eight months. "Our relatives are waiting for our help back in our home countries." Jesus explained that he and most of his co-workers are migrant workers. He told The Baltimore Banner that the employees who remained missing were from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. 

CNN provided information about the victims; here's what we know about the victims:

  • Father-of-three Miguel Luna, who is from El Salvador but has called Maryland home for 19 years, was among those missing, according to CASA, a nonprofit that provides services to working-class and immigrant families. 

  • Honduran father of two, Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, has also been missing since the bridge collapse, the man's brother told CNN. He said his brother has lived in the US for 18 years and has an 18-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter.

  • Two Guatemalans are among those unaccounted for, the country's foreign ministry said. Those missing include a 26-year-old from San Luis, Peten, and a 35-year-old from Camotan, Chiquimula. The ministry did not name the men.

  • The victims also include Mexican nationals but it is unclear how many, a Mexican Embassy official told reporters near the scene of the bridge.

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