Five people are known to have died in a bridge collapse in Koblenz on Wednesday (10 November).
GV & LV Collapsed bridge (4 shots)
MV PAN Workers among twisted wreckage
SV Frogmen & workers in water
SV & MV Rescue workers pulling body out of water (2 shots)
SV Body into boat
MV Boat away from wreckage
GV Onlookers on river bank
LV Body being taken out of boat
Initials SGM/0143 SGM/0136
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Background: Five people are known to have died in a bridge collapse in Koblenz on Wednesday (10 November). Officials said that the death toll could have been much higher if the Rhine River had not been at its lowest level for 150 years.
Nine people were still missing today (11 November) and 10 have been reported injured following the disaster, which occurred when an unsuspected bridge collapsed on to a Rhine barge, spilling dozens of workers into the river.
The bridge was of the box-girder type, a construction that has caused controversy because of previous collapses. A report from Australia today has stated that the chief of the country's major building union said that its members would demand firm guarantees of safety before working on again on Melbourne's collapsed Westgate bridge -- another box-girder construction -- which claimed the lives of 36 men last year.