Wreckage of missing ship believed to be El Faro found

Wreckage of cargo ship El Faro which was lost on December 1 found by US Navy search team

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Wreckage of missing ship believed to be El Faro found

On Saturday, US Navy search team located cargo ship El Faro which went missing on the 1st of December along with its crew of 33 people, near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaqin. It was found at a depth of 15,000 feet of water, US officials said.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the search team discovered the wreckage by using sonar equipment in the area where El Faro’s last known position.

NTSB added that they would send a deep ocean remotely operated vehicle in order to identify the wreckage.

"The target identified by Orion (side-scan radar) is consistent with a 790-foot cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece," the NTSB said.

During hurricane Joqain, El Faro, a 735-foot (224-m) cargo ship with 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals aboard, was headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida when it reportedly lost propulsion and was taking on water, the Coast Guard said.

On October 4, a search-and-rescue crew found a life ring in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship's last known position before it went missing, the Coast Guard said.

A spokesman said crews would resume the search in the same area at sunrise.

"Because we found a life ring, the assumption can be made that we are searching in the right area," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.

"When we commence searching tomorrow morning at sunrise, hopefully we'll be able to find something else. Every little bit helps," he added.

The body of one presumed crew member was found in the search for US ship El Faro on October 6.




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