Baltimore has 'very long road ahead' after bridge disaster - as update given on ship crew

The governor of Maryland has said Baltimore has "a very long road ahead" following the city's bridge collapse - as it was revealed all the crew on board the ship that crashed into it are in "good health".

Governor Wes Moore's comments came as he spoke about the clean-up operation following the Francis Scott Key bridge disaster during a news conference on Thursday.

He offered a rallying cry to the city and said that with "all speed and safety" officials planned to rebuild the structure.

The governor added: "I'm calling on everyone to do their part - in this game, no one gets to sit on the sidelines. We need every single Baltimorer and every single Marylander to help us."

It comes after the Dali, a 300m (985ft) cargo ship, struck one of the bridge's supports, causing it to break and fall into the water.

The vessel was headed from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the time, according to data from Marine Traffic.

Officials from across different levels of the US government are currently attempting to raise funds to rebuild the bridge, the governor added.

Britannia, the insurer of the Dali, is also working with the vessel's owner and US authorities on the investigation into what happened.

Meanwhile, of the 21 crew members, 20 are said to be Indian nationals, according to the country's foreign ministry spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal.

He said: "Our information is that there are 21 crew members, of which 20 are Indians. All of them are in good shape, good health.

"One of them got injured slightly, needed to have some stitches. The stitches have been given, and he's then gone back to the ship. Our embassy is in close touch with the Indians, onboard and also with local authorities in this matter."

It comes after authorities said a pilot on board the vessel tried to swing it clear of the bridge by dropping its port anchor to pivot it away.

The pilot and a second senior member of staff on board at the time are to be interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday.

The US Coast Guard also confirmed the container ship's engines had undergone routine maintenance while in the Baltimore port.

Earlier, the bodies of two victims were recovered from a red pick-up truck that was found in the Patapsco River, around 25ft deep in the water.

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Four other people are still missing, presumed dead.

They are all construction workers who were said to be working in the middle section of the bridge, according to Jeffrey Pritzker, executive vice president of Brawner Builders.

Colonel Roland L. Butler Jr, from Maryland State Police, said further efforts to recover remains had been suspended because of the increasingly treacherous conditions.

Officials said the recovery mission is now a salvage operation because it was no longer safe for divers to navigate or operate around the debris and concrete in the port.

Police have said sonar information has led officials to believe vehicles still trapped underwater are encased in concrete and parts of the bridge that crashed down following the collision.