Officials set to board ship after six presumed dead in US bridge collapse

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Summary

  1. Six construction workers are presumed dead after a container ship struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday
  2. Rescue efforts have been called off and investigators now hope to board the vessel to retrieve its data recorder
  3. The bridge snapped and plunged into the Patapsco River on Tuesday, at about 01:30 ET (05:30 GMT), after the Dali container ship crashed into it
  4. The vessel had lost power and issued a distress call moments before - but was travelling too quickly to change course
  5. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said he expects a "major and protracted impact to supply chains"
  6. President Biden has said the US government would cover the entire cost of rebuilding the bridge
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