NYC Incident Echoes Baltimore Disaster

( – A cargo ship heading to New York Habor last Friday briefly lost some of its controls and had to be assisted by three towing vessels, CBS News reported.

The Coast Guard received a report from the vessel at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5 as it was near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. It later regained control of its propulsion and with the assistance of three tugs safely anchored north of the bridge.

Unlike the incident in Baltimore less than two weeks earlier when a cargo ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Coast Guard said the vessel in New York Harbor never lost power. Repairs to the system were made on Saturday and the vessel safely departed on Sunday morning.

Just hours before President Joe Biden visited the site of the collapsed bridge in Baltimore on April 5, dive teams searching in the wreckage recovered the body of a third road worker, Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, 38.

Six men, all of whom were filling potholes on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed, were killed. However, three remain missing.

While appearing on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Maryland Governor Wes Moore said the accelerated timeline to clear the wreckage and reopen the Port of Baltimore was “realistic” but added that the operation would be 24/7 to get the port fully functioning by the end of May.

Moore said he had been “amazed” by the work that had been accomplished so far, with two channels already opened up for some vessels in less than two weeks.

He said hundreds of tons of debris had already been removed from the river but added that more needed to be done to restore the economy and rebuild the bridge.

The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have a third channel opened by the end of April that would allow vessels requiring a deeper water depth to pass through to the port. The 280-foot-wide channel would be 35 feet deep.

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