Panel hears El Faro master’s last call before ship sunk

The US Coast Guard hearing into the sinking of the El Faro boxship heard on Saturday transcripts from the captain shortly before he and the other 32 crew on the 40-year-old vessel perished off the Bahamas in the midst of a severe hurricane on October 1.

Captain Michael Davidson called an onshore call center, urging for help as the “clock was ticking” with water breaching the hull and entering three holds.

In a separate voicemail to the vessel owner, Tote’s, designated person ashore, Davidson said the ship had a “pretty good list”.

The Coast Guard’s hearings continue through next Thursday.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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