Dive Teams Recover Body of 3rd Missing Worker After Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Wim De Gent
By Wim De Gent
April 6, 2024US News
Dive Teams Recover Body of 3rd Missing Worker After Baltimore Bridge Collapse
The collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on April 5, 2024. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Unified Command dive teams recovered the body of a third missing construction worker person at the Key Bridge incident site in Baltimore on Friday morning.

The body belonged to 38-year-old Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, a husband and father of two.

Divers located the missing construction worker around 10:30 a.m. on Friday and notified Maryland State Police, who recovered the body with the assistance of dive teams from law enforcement partners.

Mr. Suazo-Sandoval’s family has been notified.

Mr. Suazo-Sandoval immigrated from Honduras over 17 years ago. Alongside his brother Carlos Suazo, he was an active member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children.

Gustavo Torres, CASA’s executive director, described Mr. Suazo-Sandoval as a joyful man with a great sense of humor.

Six construction workers went missing after a massive cargo ship crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the early hours of March 26, causing it to collapse. The men—all of them migrants from Central America—were working the night shift on the bridge filling potholes.

Two of the workers were found a day after the collapse, trapped in a red pickup truck 25 feet below the waterline near the middle span of the bridge, according to Maryland State Police. The two were identified by police as 35-year-old Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes from Mexico and 26-year-old Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera from Guatemala.

The three other workers remain missing and are presumed dead. One of them was a father of five.

“While I take solace in knowing this brings us one step closer to closure, my heart continues to be with all the families still waiting anxiously for their loved ones,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement.

“I am grateful for the first responders who have maintained focus on recovering the remaining victims and continued their work to clear the channel with the utmost care. We will continue to do everything in our power to support these families, and provide whatever they need to persevere through this unthinkable tragedy.”

Unified Command, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, will continue with a full inspection of the hull of the M/V Dali, the cargo ship that crashed into the bridge. A detailed and precise mapping of perceivable and potential damage, and of the grounding site, is essential to ensure safe recovery of the fully loaded vessel, Unified Command said.

“The collapse of the Key Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tragedies we have faced as a law enforcement agency,” said Colonel Roland Butler, Jr., Maryland State Police superintendent.

Mr. Butler assured the families that they the divers would not let up. “There are families still waiting to hear if we have found their loved one. I can promise you, we are fully committed to finding closure for each of these families,” he said.

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