NTSB says bridge of sunken El Faro has been found

NTSB says bridge of sunken El Faro has been found

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Thursday that the navigational bridge of the sunken cargo ship El Faro has been located although the search continues for the ship’s vessel data recorder (VDR).

El Faro was lost en route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it lost power and was caught in the middle of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas on October 1. All 33 crew members are presumed dead.

Searchers on the US Navy ship Apache discovered the main part of El Faro on October 31 near Crooked Island at a depth of 15,000 feet but remote video surveillance revealed that the bridge was not attached to it, indicating the severe force that acted on the vessel.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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