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Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse: What horrors could survivors trapped under water be facing now?


 Dali cargo vessel rammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge inflicting it to break down. — Reuters

Hours after the massive cargo ship collided with Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Tuesday, authorities are at present on the lookout for almost 20 people who find themselves believed to have fallen into the river as consultants clarify how the chilly water is endangering their lives.

Derek Van Dam a meteorologist related to CNN advised the outlet: “The temperature inside water and land is impacting the search operation. It is usually affecting the individuals contained in the water and in water situations.”

The water temperature in Patapsco River is 48°F and the air temperature is roughly 46°F, Van Dam stated, including that “the air is colder than water and water temperature of even 50°F doesn’t sound too chilly however it may be lethal.”

“Chilly water drains physique warmth round 4 instances sooner than chilly air,” he stated.

In keeping with the statistics, the individuals charge of individuals is one to 3 hours in water.

Chilly shocks and hypothermia are the involved consultants as a result of they come up when the physique enters chilly water with out safety.

Earlier, Kevin Cartwright, director of communications of the Baltimore Metropolis Fireplace Division, famous that the temperatures across the port at 1:30am ET felt to be round 30°F (-1°C).

The Baltimore Fireplace Division Chief James Wallace was reported as saying that not less than two individuals have been rescued to this point with one having no damage whereas the opposite with important accidents.

Authorities are at present looking for 20 individuals nevertheless, Wallace stated that officers are looking for upwards of seven individuals. 

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