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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Twenty-one barge workers have been forced to stay on the Dali, a container ship that struck Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge, for the past seven weeks as authorities investigate the accident. The FBI has confiscated the crews' mobile phones leaving them unable to contact loved ones, use online banking or pay bills due at home.



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Yes, we've not heard much about these individuals in the reporting of the activities surrounding this incident.


#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2024-05-16 01:03 PM | Reply

More from the cited article...

... Ahead of the controlled demolition, US Coast Guard Admiral Shannon Gilreath said that the crew would remain below deck with a fire crew at the ready.

"They're part of the ship. They are necessary to keep the ship staffed and operational," Adm Gilreath said. "They're the best responders on board the ship themselves."

While the ship is likely to be re-floated this week, it remains unclear when it will be able to make the 2 nautical mile (3.7km) journey to port.

'A sad situation'

Among those who have been in touch with the crew is Joshua Messick, executive director of the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center, a non-profit organisation that works to protect the rights of mariners.

According to Mr Messick, the crew has been left largely without communication with the outside world for "a couple of weeks" after their mobile phones were confiscated by the FBI as part of the investigation.

"They can't do any online banking. They can't pay their bills at home. They don't have any of their data or anyone's contact information, so they're really isolated right now," Mr Messick said. "They just can't reach out to the folks they need to, or even look at pictures of their children before they go to sleep. It's really a sad situation."

The plight of the sailors also attracted the attention of the two unions representing them, the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen.

In a joint statement on 11 May, the unions said that "morale has understandably dipped", driven by "unfounded fear of personal criminal liability" and emotional distress.

The statement also called for the "swift return" of the crews' phones, noting that losing communication with family members is "causing significant hardship for crew members with young children at home."

Dave Heindel, the president of the Seafarers International Union, said that "however long the investigation takes, the crew's rights and welfare should not be infringed upon". ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 06:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-16 09:12 PM | Reply


I had to ask my search engine of choice what your comment meant.


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 09:33 PM | Reply

The FBI should be able to clone their phones and return them. They have had the technology to do that for 30 years. The FBI, however, likes to put pressure on to coerce witnesses. Typical FEEBs.

Why don't the two quoted organizations buy these guys some burner phones, I mean c'mon ... .help out a brother.

#5 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2024-05-16 11:14 PM | Reply


Your comment raises two workable options.

But to the latter of the suggestions...

My home IP address changed and the next time I tried to log on to my facebook account, I was locked out because facebook noticed a new IP address.

Long story short, it took me two days to convince facebook that I was me, and to get back on to facebook.

So, I'd say, "burner phones" and "online banking" may nt be the best combination of phrases to use in the same sentence.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 11:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The crew must be bored out of their minds by now. Very little info released on the investigation.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-05-16 11:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#5 ... Typical FEEBs. ...

Oh geesh, another acronym.

Do I need to report the "emojis that no one seems to understand" article again?

I'll do it if I have to. Don't taunt me.

:) :) :)

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 11:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#8 ... Do I need to report the "emojis that no one seems to understand" article again? ...

Oops, I don't think I've posted that yet.


Here's the article...

The most misunderstood emoji of 2024

... Eight in 10 Americans have been stumped by emoji use, according to a new report from language education platform Preply.

Why it matters: Emoji have become a tool for communicating quickly and visually, but varying cultural and generational uses continue to create communication roadblocks.

Driving the news: Preply surveyed 2,201 Americans from February 1-29, 2024 to better understand how people interpret different emoji.

- - - The most confusing emoji is ', per the report.

- - - While 40% of those surveyed use the icon to signify luxury or indulgence, others say it means "nail polish," "don't mind me" and "self-care."

- - - The ' and ' are the second-and third-most misinterpreted emoji in 2024.

Zoom in: Geographic location also plays into the confusion, the report finds. ...

(yeah, you have to read the article to see the emojis in question and understand the confusion....)

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-16 11:45 PM | Reply

FEEB is a nickname for an FBI agent. FBI agents don't impress me much..

#10 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2024-05-17 05:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


They're mostly as worthless and dangerous as any other pig.

#11 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-05-17 11:18 AM | Reply


I'm sure FBI agents have a shrine dedicated to you. Bwahaha.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-17 04:22 PM | Reply

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