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Wife of Baltimore bridge survivor says it's a 'miracle' husband who can't swim survived

Wife of Baltimore bridge survivor says it's a 'miracle' husband who can't swim survived

Julio Cervantes was one of the eight workers on the bridge at the time of the collapse

The wife of one of the Baltimore bridge survivors has hailed it a 'miracle' that he's still alive.

On Tuesday (March 26), a cargo ship collided with Francis Scott Key Bridge in the early hours of the morning.

The collision caused the bridge to collapse within seconds of impact, meaning anyone on the bridge at the time was plummeted into the Patapsco River.

Sadly two bodies have been recovered from the water following the ordeal inside a red pickup truck which was submerged 25 feet underwater.

The two men who were found yesterday (March 28) have since been identified as a 35-year-old and a 26-year-old; Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, of Mexico, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, of Guatemala.

Meanwhile, Julio Cervantes was one of the fortunate few who survived the ordeal.

He was pulled from the water the same day of the disaster.

In the wake of him surviving, Cervantes' wife has labelled it a 'miracle' as her husband can't swim.

"All of the men were on a break in their cars when the boat hit," she told NBC News, as per Sky News.

"We don't know if they were warned before the impact... my husband doesn't know how to swim. It is a miracle he survived."

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed on March 26.
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Mr Cervantes was taken to hospital after being retrieved from the river where he was treated for a chest wound. He was discharged the same day.

However, it isn't all good news for the Cervantes family as Mr Cervantes' wife - who didn't wish to share her name - told the news outlet that her brother-in-law was one of the two bodies pulled from water.

Her nephew is also one of the four men who remain missing.

"We haven't been able to sleep, waiting for word if they're going to find a relative," she said.

Sadly those who are still thought to be in the water are presumed dead.

Four people are presumed dead following the bridge's collapse.
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Fellow construction worker Moises Diaz was initially supposed to be working on Key Bridge the day of the disaster, but a last-minute shift change ultimately saved his life.

"If I didn’t ask to switch, I would have been in the water right now," Diaz told the New York Post, adding: "It’s tragic. I’m really appreciative that I wasn’t on the bridge. I give thanks to God."

As the search for the remaining people continues, Maryland Governor Wes Moore has promised that 'the best minds in the world' are working on clearing the bridge debris in the hopes of locating the the bodies of the four remaining workers presumed dead.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact The Compassionate Friends on (877) 969-0010.

Featured Image Credit: Baltimore City Fire Department Rescue Team/Scott Olson/Getty Images

Topics: Baltimore bridge, News, US News