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New sonar images show wreckage from Baltimore bridge collapse at bottom of river

As efforts are being made to clean up and remove debris of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, new images show the remains of the bridge at the bottom of the Patapsco River.

Sonar images supplied by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) and released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District Tuesday “shows the wreckage resting at the bottom of the river where the Francis Scott Key Bridge once stood,” with visibility “clouded to just one to two feet because of the four to five feet of mud and loose bottom of the Patapsco River,” according to the department.

Divers working in ‘virtual darkness’

U.S.A.C.E. Baltimore explained that divers working on the bridge are carrying out their activities “in virtual darkness because when lit their view is similar to driving through a heavy snowfall at night with high-beam headlights on.” They are also being given detailed verbal directions by operators on nearby vessels viewing imagery in real-time.

“No usable underwater video exists of the wreckage, because as one Navy diver stated, ‘there’s no need take video of something you can’t even see’,” the department said.

Restoring the Port of Baltimore

Restoration efforts began on Sunday night when the first major section of debris was removed from the debris field that blocked entry into the Port of Baltimore. A crane lifted a 200-ton piece of the bridge, but Democratic Gov. Wes Moore said thousands of tons of debris remain in the river and above the ship.