A roundup of a few of the hottest however utterly unfaithful tales and visuals of the week. None of those…

A roundup of a few of the hottest however utterly unfaithful tales and visuals of the week. None of those are legit, although they had been shared extensively on social media. The Associated Press checked them out.

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Video from 2022 misrepresented as footage of Baltimore bridge collapse

CLAIM: A video taken on Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge reveals a big explosion that occurred earlier than the construction fell into the water under.

THE FACTS: The video will not be associated to the Key Bridge collapse. It circulated on-line in 2022, recognized as exhibiting safety footage of an explosion that prompted the partial collapse of the Kerch Bridge, which hyperlinks the Crimean Peninsula with Russia. It was shared on the time on Russian Telegram channels and by majormediaoutlets.

After the container ship Dali misplaced energy and rammed into the Key Bridge inflicting it to break down early Tuesday, social media customers shared the previous video, falsely representing it as footage from the bridge earlier than it fell into the Patapsco River.

The 15-second clip reveals automobiles driving over an arching bridge lit up at night time. An huge fireball then instantly engulfs the construction. “Alternate angle on Francis Scott Key bridge reveals a big explosion,” reads one tweet that had acquired roughly 7,500 likes and three,800 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.

A Facebook put up that shared the video, referring to the incident because the “#FrancesScottKeyBridge explosion,” had been considered greater than 278,000 instances by Friday.

But the video is unrelated to what occurred with the Key Bridge.

It was first shared in 2022 on Russian Telegram channels and by majormediaoutlets, the place it was recognized as safety footage of the second an explosion broken the Kerch Bridge, an necessary provide artery for the Kremlin within the Russia-Ukraine battle, killing three individuals within the course of.

The container ship that hit the Key Bridge crashed into certainly one of its pillars about 1:30 a.m., inflicting it to interrupt aside like a toy and tumble into the water in a matter of seconds. Videocaptured all the spectacle and unfold extensively on social media following the incident.

Divers on Wednesday recovered the bodies of two of six staff who plunged into the water when the bridge collapsed. The others are presumed useless. Two further individuals had been rescued from the water on Tuesday.

Both the FBI and U.S. Attorney Erek Barron, Maryland’s high prosecutor, say there are no signs of terrorism.

The Dali was headed from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and flying below a Singapore flag, according to data from Marine Traffic. Opened in 1977, the Key Bridge spanned the doorway to the Port of Baltimore, a significant hub for delivery on the East Coast, and carried greater than 12.4 million automobiles in 2023. It is known as for the author of “the Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Captain of container ship that caused Baltimore bridge collapse is Indian, not Ukrainian

CLAIM: The captain of Dali, the container ship that crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, is Ukrainian.

THE FACTS: A Ukrainian man who was listed on a maritime jobs database as captaining Dali for about 5 months in 2016 is being erroneously blamed on-line for the incident. The Dali’s captain and crew are Indian, Synergy Marine Group, the corporate that manages the ship, advised The Associated Press. There had been two pilots — native specialists who assist information vessels safely out and in of ports — navigating Dali on the time of the collision. Both are U.S. residents, based on Synergy.

Following the crash that prompted Key Bridge to collapse early Tuesday, social media customers shared a screenshot of a webpage they mentioned recognized Dali’s captain. The screenshot, taken on the BalticShipping.com database, reveals two seafarers listed as having worked on Dali, together with a 52-year-old Ukrainian man who it says utilized for the function of grasp, or captain.

“The captain of the ship that hit the bridge in Baltimore is Ukrainian,” reads one X put up, sharing the screenshot. “Is he upset with the help delay? Or simply unfortunate?”

But Synergy advised the AP that Dali’s captain and crew on the time of the collision had been Indian.

Dali was being piloted out of Baltimore when it struck Key Bridge, the corporate wrote in a statement on Tuesday. Synergy advised the AP that each pilots had been U.S. residents. One of the pilots was an apprentice observing a licensed pilot, mentioned Clay Diamond, government director and basic counsel for the American Pilots Association.

The ship was headed from Baltimore to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and flying below a Singapore flag, according to data from Marine Traffic. Every foreign-flagged ship coming into U.S. water must have a state-licensed pilot on board. Pilots board the ships earlier than they enter the native waterways and take navigational management, which means they provide orders for the ship’s velocity and route.

In a summary of his work history on BalticShipping.com, the Ukrainian man seen within the screenshot spreading on-line was listed as grasp, or captain, of Dali from March 19, 2016, to July 27, 2016. According to the abstract, Dali flew below a Marshall Islands flag on the time and was managed by a Greek firm known as Oceanbulk Maritime.

The Ukrainian man’s BalticShipping.com listing had been faraway from the location as of Tuesday night.

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Online posts erroneously tie Senate minority leader’s late sister-in-law to ship that hit Baltimore bridge

CLAIM: Angela Chao, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s sister-in-law, who died in February, had been CEO of the corporate that owns Dali, the container ship that crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge.

THE FACTS: Chao was the chair and CEO of her household’s delivery enterprise, New York-based Foremost Group. Dali is owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd. and managed by Synergy Marine Group, each of that are primarily based in Singapore. Danish delivery big Maersk mentioned it had chartered the vessel.

Social media customers shared the false details about Chao, who died in Texas after driving into a pond on Feb. 10 whereas intoxicated, suggesting that her dying seems suspicious in gentle of the incident in Baltimore.

One X put up states that Chao “was the CEO of the delivery firm that owned the huge cargo ship that hit the Key Bridge & prompted its collapse simply 24+ hours in the past.”

It continues: “She is supposedly drunk, backs her automotive right into a pond & dies. Then a couple of weeks later, an enormous cargo ship she used to regulate, rams into the Key Bridge, collapsing it & inflicting untold injury & dying. Did this bridge collapse occur on goal & was Angela Chao killed bc she stumbled upon the actual plot?”

The ship is owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd. and managed by Synergy Marine Group, each of that are primarily based in Singapore. It had been chartered by Maersk, the Danish delivery big mentioned.

Chao was the head of New York-based Foremost Group, her household’s delivery enterprise. She was additionally the president of her father’s philanthropic group, The Foremost Foundation. Her eldest sibling, Elaine Chao, is married to McConnell and served as transportation secretary below President Donald Trump and labor secretary below President George W. Bush.

An investigation by the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office concluded that Chao’s dying was an “unlucky accident” and that her blood alcohol degree was almost 3 times the state’s authorized restrict.

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